UCLA landed a talented offensive lineman in Dickson on Friday.
The UCLA Bruins have been red-hot on the recruiting trail as of late and that momentum continued on Friday as Diablo Valley (Calif.) College offensive lineman Jason Dickson committed to the program. The news was first reported by Brandon Huffman of Scout.com.
Currently unranked by Scout, he is rated a three-star prospect per 247Sports.
“UCLA was right at home and by my family,” said Dickson. “I grew up in Corona and I was a UCLA fan growing up. I knew when I got offered by them, I was going to commit there.”
While at Diablo Valley, he increased his stock by playing the tackle position, and due to his play, schools began to offer him.
“There were schools like TCU, Arizona State, Colorado and Louisville that I was strongly considering a little bit and they were all good schools, but UCLA was the one for me,” said Dickson.
Tackle is the position that UCLA wants him to play once he arrives in Westwood in January following his December graduation.
How will he fit with the Bruins?
This would be an ideal fit for the Bruins. Per the most recent depth chart from OurLads.com, junior Kolton Miller is projected to be the starting left tackle this upcoming season. Redshirt senior Kenny Lacy is penciled in at the left guard spot, while redshirt seniors Scott Quessenberry and Toran Najee are penciled in at the center and right guard spots respectively. Redshirt senior Zach Bateman is projected to start at right tackle, completing the offensive line.
Once all of them graduate, there is going to be an ample amount of youth at the spot.
Measuring in at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, Dickson should provide additional experience and stability at the position. He can use his size to create running lanes and open up holes for the running backs. Especially in UCLA’s offense, this could be one of the more underrated gets for the program.