On Friday, Notre Dame landed a commitment from LB Richard Yeargin. Today, the Irish followed it up with a commitment from California Defensive Linemen Matt Dickerson. He represents the 17th commitment in the 2014 Notre Dame football recruiting class, which is dubbed “The Golden Army”.
Dickerson hails from San Mateo, California, a suburb of San Francisco. He checks in at 6’5″ 275 lbs. Recruiting services rank him consistently as a 3-star prospect. Dickerson had offers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
Dickerson could fill the void that will be left by Louis Nix III. He is listed as a Defensive End or Tackle by most services. Currently, he is undersized to play the “0 technique” like Nix does. But, with his frame, he could develop into that type of player over time. However, with a 6’5″ frame, he could just as easily be an End similar to Stephon Tuitt. His versatility is typical of Brian Kelly’s “Big Skill” recruiting tactics.
The commitment by Dickerson moves the Fighting Irish to 6th in the football recruiting rankings, just 2 points behind Alabama. Tennessee, Florida State, surprise Kentucky and Miami round out the Top 5.