Avante Dickerson

Avante Dickerson made the All-Class A first team as a defensive back. He also played running back for Omaha Westside, and returned punts and kickoffs.

Omaha Westside's Avante Dickerson is an impressive athlete. The eye-popping numbers and football programs recruiting him back that up.

Dickerson has had a busy six months. He received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, and South Dakota State. He took two game-day visits to Nebraska, one to Iowa and one to Iowa State. Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Kansas State and LSU are a few of the other schools that have shown significant interest in recent weeks.

Dickerson said he plans to attend Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp again this summer, and he'll try to get to Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Dickerson has gained roughly 20 pounds in a year. He had an impressive camp season last summer, running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the Lindenwood (Mo.) University Mega Camp on June 2.

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That same month he ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp. There he also registered a 34.25-inch vertical jump, and he improved that recently to 36 inches with a 10.3-inch broad jump.

"I want to work hard this offseason in the weight room and see how my body can improve," Dickerson said. "I see change and I want to keep that going without losing my speed."

Dickerson was a first-team All-Class A selection as a defensive back, the only sophomore to earn that honor this season. He also returned punts and kicks and rotated at running back.

Dickerson isn't too concerned with what position he'll play in college.

"Coaches see me as a speed guy with length, so right now they are recruiting me as an athlete," Dickerson said.

This spring, he'll be looking to improve his track times.

"I got eighth in the 200 last year," Dickerson said. "I'm looking forward to being the top dog in the 100, 200 and 4x100 this year."

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