Dickerson flips commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA


Long time Notre Dame commitment Matt Dickerson has flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA. is reporting that the Northern California prospect has decided to stay in-state and play for the Bruins instead of play along the defensive line for the Irish.

Dickerson missed this season after a lower back fracture kept him off the field this season. The Irish stuck with the four-star prospect, honoring their offer to the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder. But in a case similar to that of Eddie Vanderdoes, the Bruins kept after Dickerson, with defensive line coach Angus McClure leading the charge, and flipped a key recruit with a little less than a month to go until Signing Day.

Dickerson planned to take an official visit to South Bend still this month. There’s no word yet if that’s still the plan. While the switch seems to be a surprise, especially with area recruiter Mike Denbrock in constant communication with Dickerson and his family, cleared up some of Dickerson’s rationale, and his decision to stay home was in part to make things easier on his parents.

Three weeks ago Dickerson’s father Clarence was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His mother Pam is also largely disabled. After long, careful deliberations between family and friends, Dickerson felt it was the right thing to stay closer to home.

“Calling (Denbrook) was a really, really hard thing to do, but it was the right thing,” Dickerson said. “I looked so forward to playing for the Irish. But I’m doing what’s best for my family and I. I need to stay close to home.

“It’s so hard because they stayed so loyal. They stuck with me through the injury. I love that guy (Denbrook). But it’s my decision. My life. It’s hard.” 

While there are rumblings that good news is coming with long-time recruit Isaiah McKenzie, the loss of Dickerson as a potential nose guard in this recruiting class would likely add a hole that needs filling before Signing Day.

Irish add another recruit with DL Matt Dickerson

Just a day after solidifying their linebacking corps with the commitment of linebacker Richard Yeargin III, the Notre Dame coaching staff reeled in another big time front seven target with the addition of defensive lineman Matt Dickerson.

Dickerson, a six-foot-five, 270-pounder from the Bay Area, took a visit at Notre Dame this weekend and pulled the trigger on his pledge before he left. Like they were on the Yeargin commitment, was all over the news, getting this money quote from Dickerson.

“There was no question that I was going here after Friday’s visit,” Dickerson told “It was perfect. The coaches are great, the players are cool and this campus is really, really nice. My mom loves it here, too. She was definitely excited for me and although it’s far from home, she gave her blessing and this will be where I end up.”

The Irish were able to pull in a much needed defensive lineman — with Dickerson likely profiling as a defensive tackle for the Irish — helping bridge the gap for what life looks like after Louis Nix. Notre Dame will continue to chase blue-chip defensive tackles like Matt Elam and Thomas Holley, but getting Dickerson on board, one of the fastest rising prospects on the West Coast, was key as they move into the season.

Dickerson had offers from Oregon, UCLA, and USC, along with a half dozen other Pac-12 programs.  He’s the 17th commitment in the ’14 class, joining Jay Hayes as guys that could be defensive tackles for the Irish.

You can get a look at his highlight reel here.