Travis Dickson, the 6-foot-3, 228-pound three-star defensive end/tight end from Ocean Springs, Miss., is the brother of senior LSU tight end Richard Dickson. The question is, how much will that connection help the Tigers?
“He really hasn’t been telling me much,” Dickson said in reference to his brother giving him advice. “He’s letting me do my own thing and just told me to go with it and enjoy it.
The Tigers were the first to offer Travis last September. “LSU is a great place,” he said. “I love the atmosphere there during games. It’s really great.
“I’ve also gotten to know the coaches pretty well,” Dickson said. “I guess that’s the one plus about having my brother go there. I already have a great relationship with the coaching staff.”
Despite the family connection, Dickson denies the Tigers hold any type of lead whatsoever, instead lumping his favorites together. “I’m just trying to take as many visits as I can this summer before I start narrowing things down,” he said. “Right now I don’t have a favorite.”
Dickson, ranked as the No. 26 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, says he now has 11 scholarship offers from programs such as LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri, Florida State, Mississippi State, Georgia, Duke and Nebraska.
“I’ll be going to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Florida State coming up,” he said. “After that I’m not sure. I play baseball in the summer so I doubt I’ll make any camps.”
Mississippi State is only four hours from Dickson’s home and his dad, Dick Dickson, played for the Bulldogs. “Distance isn’t a factor at all,” he said. “My dad is in early retirement and my mom is a housewife, so travelling won’t be a problem for them. I’m the youngest too so it won’t be an issue.”
While Dickson’s brother went to LSU, his sister graduated from Ole Miss. “I used to go there all the time to visit her,” he said. “I haven’t really gotten to know the coaches or anything yet, but I know the school pretty well.
“I actually have some friends that go there from my high school too,” Dickson said. “It’s a really nice place and I like being there.”
Dickson hasn’t attended any junior days this year, but he did manage to visit Auburn unofficially. “It’s really nice,” he said. “I love the environment and I really like coach Gene Chizik.
“He’s a really high energy guy,” he said. “I was offered by the new staff and didn’t really know the old coaches at all, so it’s not a big deal for me. I think Auburn will be back on top again and they said they’d probably try me on offense first.”
Although he hasn’t visited Florida State yet, Dickson says the Seminoles have been showing a lot of interest.
“I really like the tradition at Florida State,” he said.
“I remember deer hunting outside of Tallahassee once and that a lot of fun,” Dickson said. “My dad has a friend who lives there so we’re gonna go visit him again and check out the school.”
While he doesn’t have a leader now, Dickson says he’d still like to make his decision during the season. “I’m gonna try and commit early,” he said. “I don’t want to dramatize it and make it a big deal.
“I just want to have a good feeling about a place,” Dickson said. “I want a place that has a lot to offer and not just in football.”
Dickson finished his junior season with over 80 tackles. On offense he averaged over 6 yards per carry as a fullback.
“I have good pursuit and never quit on a play,” he said. “I’m hard-nosed and never stop going.
“I like both offense and defense and will play whatever as long as it gets me on the field,” Dickson said.
“I want to make more plays though and I’m working on getting stronger,” he admitted. “I want to get quicker and be able to break tackles better too.”
He benches 310-pounds, squats 425 and claims a 34-inch vertical jump.
Dickson says he’s considering majoring in either business or wildlife management. He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 21 ACT.