Every team needs a solid quarterback and the Vanderbilt Commodores believe they have a steal in Austin (Austin, TX) Regents signal-caller Drew Dickey.
By Steve Wright
Dickey was offered by Vanderbilt on April 2 and his engagement in the school and the program was so complete that he committed to the ‘Dores rebuild just three days later. He chose the Commodores ahead of offers from the likes of Colorado State, Marshall, and Maryland.
Dickey is a 3-star prospect in the class of 2022 with a grade of 84 on the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 969 player in the nation, the No. 42 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 131 prospect in the state of Texas. At 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds, Dickey led his school to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial School Division II state title this past year as a junior. His stats were impressive, as he passed for over 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns, while also rushing for over 700 yards and an additional 14 scores as his team went undefeated.
In the video below you can see what Vanderbilt is getting in Dickey. He is an accurate passer with good footwork in the pocket and solid fundamentals throughout his throwing motion. He has the ability to scramble for a first down, but he would rather use his speed and agility to keep a play alive for a pass downfield, using his instincts to keep his eyes downfield while avoiding a rush. When given time, Dickey really has the arm to stretch a defense, meaning that his wide receivers always need to be aware that their quarterback is looking for them even when in the scramble drill. Dickey is a smart quarterback and he already has the ability to read and run through his progressions to find an open target, something not all that common at the high school level.