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Navasota (Texas) receiver Tren’Davian Dickson committed to Texas on Tuesday despite living a mere 25 minutes away from College Station. An emoji-filled tweet proclaimed his announcement:
“The offense is headed in the right direction with Coach (Jay) Norvell with the wide receivers and a great offensive coordinator,” Dickson told 247Sports. “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.”
Dickson is one of the state’s most electrifying playmakers. The four-star wide-out stands 6-foot tall and weighs 171 pounds. He caught 90 passes for 2,166 yards and 39 touchdowns last season, breaking the national record for receiving touchdowns.
Many predicted Dickson would verbal to Texas A&M. The campus is a 22-mile trip north on Texas state highway 6 from Dickson’s hometown. But Charlie Strong’s ever strengthening program enticed Dickson to Austin.
“Coach Strong is a really good guy,” he told 247Sports. “I talk to him every week. He fells like a great guy to be around.”
A few other Longhorn wide receiver recruits must have shared the same sentiment.
John Tyler’s Damion Miller committed to the Horns last month and Aledo’s WR/ATH Ryan Newsome signed in February to play for the Horns after originally announcing he’d play for UCLA.
In that same month, Dickson decommitted from Baylor.
USATODAYhss.com’s Cam Smith wrote that Charlie Strong could use Miller’s commitment “to leverage other top players in the class, particularly within the Lone Star State.”
And he has. Dickson joins Miller and the class of 2015’s Newsome as a future receiving corps with unrestrained potential.
All three, four-star athletes bring something new to Darrel K. Royal Stadium. With Newsome’s speed and flexibility tied to Miller and Dickson’s downfield playmaking abilities, Charlie Strong can use these home state receivers to stretch the field in any manner he sees fit.
Dickson alone adds quite a bit of octane to Texas’ offense; after all, his one-handed snag in the Rattler’s 42-35 state championship win over Argyle still has the Texas high school football world buzzing.
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