The Huskers just took a blow locally in building the 2021 recruiting class.
In a Friday surprise Omaha (Nebraska) Westside 4-star (HV Rating: 93.7) cornerback Avante Dickerson committed to Minnesota. He announced his decision on Twitter.
COMMITTED 〽️ pic.twitter.com/WlbQW73DGv
— AD #28 (@_dickerson1) April 17, 2020
Minnesota was not in Dickerson’s final three that he released months ago—that group was Nebraska, LSU and Ohio State—but it seemed recently thatDickerson’s top group was changing. The coach that was recruiting him to Ohio State is now at Boston College, so the Eagles had become a player in his recruitment with the Buckeyes falling off. His group was expanding to include Minnesota and USC among others but the Gophers won out.
There is another wrinkle to this recruitment for Dickerson and Minnesota: Dickerson has yet to visit the Gophers campus in person. He did recently do a virtual visit in which he got a personalized visit with a full itinerary catered to him. The Westside defender is the fourth commitment that Minnesota has received during the dead period. All did virtual visits with PJ Fleck’s program.
As a junior Dickerson had 21 tackles and four interceptions. Dickerson is the second highest-rated commit in Minnesota history based on the 247Sports composite. Nebraska defensive backs coach Travis Fisher has not missed a lot in his time in Nebraska. Losing the in-state talent hurts. It stings more when a player is lost to a division rival.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.