Ashton Dickens sees a lot of similarities in Army’s new shotgun offense to his scheme at Lockhart (Texas) High.
A dual-threat quarterback, Dickens likes to have the freedom to pick up yards running the ball as well as airing it out.
Dickens believed Army’s offense was a strong enough of a fit that he was ready to end his recruiting. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dickens visited Army Friday and gave the Black Knights and quarterbacks coach Cody Worley his verbal commitment.
“I feel like I can really benefit them with the new offense they are running,” Dickens said. “
Dickens originally started talking to Army offensive line coach Mike Viti and received his first offer in late May. He met Viti and Worley at the TCU camp in early June.
Dickens’ commitment was made a little easier knowing that Brady Stephenson, one of his high school teammates, had joined the Black Knights’ 2024 recruiting class.
“Ashton is an amazing player,” said Stephenson, an offensive tackle. “It’s really exciting that I’ll be able to continue playing with him during college. He is one of the most athletic kids I have ever seen and his ability to run and pass the ball effectively makes him extremely dangerous.”
Dickens, who will enter his third season as a starting quarterback, rushed for a school-record 2,013 yards and totaled 40 touchdowns (32 rushing, 8 passing) as a junior. He also threw for more than 1,000 yards and earned honorable-mention, all-state honors.