Avante Dickerson, nation’s No. 8 corner in 2021, commits to Oregon on National Signing Day

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Avante Dickerson, nation’s No. 8 corner in 2021, commits to Oregon originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

During the early national signing period, the Oregon Ducks signed each verbal commitment from what's likely to be the highest-rated recruiting class in program history. 

But Mario Cristobal isn't done yet. 

Today is Wednesday, February 3, or in other words, National Signing Day. Cristobal and the Ducks have added yet another big time piece to this historical 2021 recruiting class: Avante Dickerson.

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The nation’s No. 8 ranked four-star corner originally committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers but announced his de-committment on January 24. The Ducks offered the 6-foot, 170-pound corner from Nebraska back in December 2019. 

Per 247Sports interest level, it appeared that Oregon and Nebraska were the leading candidates for his commitment on signing day. Rod Chance has been his primary recruiter for Oregon. 

Chance was the Golden Gophers defensive backs coach in 2019 before returning to Oregon to take the same position in 2020. 

Now that Dickerson is officially a Duck, the competition in the Oregon secondary is looking strong. Oregon will have to replace three-year starting corner Deommodore Lenoir. Dickerson joins Dontae Manning, DJ James, Trikweze Bridges, Jaylin Davies, and Darren Barkins in competition to play alongside Mykael Wright. 

247Sports National Recruiting Editor Brandon Huffman projects Dickerson as a Day 3 NFL Draft pick with a comparison to David Long.

"Lanky, slender corner with short area acceleration and top end speed with ability to quickly recover," wrote Huffman. "Does a good job keeping plays in front of him. Smooth backpedal and gets in and out of his breaks. Good ball skills with ability to read quarterback eyes, break on ball and jump routes. Doesn't get grabby but plays with technique. Adequate tackler, needs to add weight and continue to get stronger for the next level. Projects as multi-year Power 5 starter and [third]-day NFL draft selection."