Tightening the Vice: Johnny Dickson Commits to Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech picked up a commitment Wednesday from class of 2022 member and three-star offensive lineman Johnny Dickson, a Virginia native.
Dickson had garnered interest from prestigious programs over the course of his high school career, including Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Nebraska, among others. His decision to join Virginia Tech is a momentous gain for the Hokies.
Listed at 6'3, 280lbs, Dickson has spent his high school years in Corpus Christi, Texas, competing for Flour Bluff High School in the 5A division: the Hornets, as they are known, finished their most recent season with an 11-2 record after falling in the quarterfinal of the state playoffs. Despite the loss, Dickson's stellar play this season has elevated him to the 15th-ranked offensive guard prospect in his class, according to 247 Sports.
Lecitus Smith is presumed to continue to lock down the starting guard spot on the left side next season and although Brock Hoffman is expected to slide from center to right guard, Dickson could be able to compete for snaps on the right half of the line in the coming years.
Offensive Line Coach Vance Vice has developed a reputation as one of the most effective recruiters and coaches on Virginia Tech's payroll, and he appears to have struck again— Dickson is not only extremely talented, but comes in with size and flexibility, having taken snaps at the tackle position during his career.
The O-line, or "Vice Squad", has some holes to fill after Christian Darrisaw's departure for the NFL and Doug Nester's transfer to West Virginia, but Dickson is a positive addition that will look to plug the gaps sooner than later.