The Texas Longhorns picked up another weapon for quarterback Shane Buechele in the 2016 class with a big Tuesday pledge from Navasota wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson:
Let's Ride I will be a Longhorn I thank God for all my blessings from the recruiting Process pic.twitter.com/eFJvyfLTDQ— Be Great ✨ (@_WhoisJuiceee) July 14, 2015
A former Baylor Bears commit, the 6'0, 171-pounder set a national record for single-season touchdown receptions with 39 during a junior season that resulted in an undefeated record and state title for Navasota, Dickson gave an early commitment to head coach Art Briles last July, but saw interest in his services take off early in 2015 before he reopened his recruitment in February.
In the weeks prior to his decommitment, he picked up offers from TCU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and North Carolina, with Texas joining two days afer Dickson left the Baylor class. He visited in early April and despite a source telling Burnt Orange Nation that Dickson was high on head coach Charlie Strong's discipline and developmental ability, he was considered a strong Texas A&M lead, with the Aggies holding 92% of the predicitions in his Crystal Ball.
"The offense is headed in the right direction with Coach Norvell with the wide receivers and a great offensive coordinator," Dickson told Horns247 earlier this week. "They've been telling me I can come in and be the offensive player they've been looking for since Colt McCoy and Vince Young left."
As such, the recruiting win is a huge one for the Horns after a slow stretch in recruiting throughout the spring and into the summer. Credit primary recruiter Jay Norvell for building a strong relationship with Dickson in the heart of Aggie country -- Navasota sits exactly 24 miles from College Station.
However, the current question is whether he's on track to graduate early. In fact, there was a Monday report from Horns 247 that he may have some qualification issues:
This is from TODAY: pic.twitter.com/hdnwI8t6d6— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) July 14, 2015
So there's that.
Ranked as the No. 118 player nationally, Dickson is a consensus four-star prospect considered the No. 21 wide receiver overall and the No. 18 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He capped of his monstrous, 2,166-yard junior season with 12 catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns in the state title game against Argyle.
Does the lean pass-catcher have good hands. Yes, he has good hands:
Dickson is the seventh commit in the 2016 Texas class, which currently ranks No. 45 nationally and No. 5 in the Big 12. Wtih three receivers now pledged, the Horns will be highly selective at the position moving forward, with Sachse speedster Devin Duvernay looming as the top remaining target.