March 7, 2008

Ole Miss offer arrives for Florida CB

Hallandale, Fla. cornerback Ricardo Dixon picked up his seventh offer Thursday when a written offer arrived in the mail from the University of Mississippi.

Ole Miss joins Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida International that have offered Dixon.

"Ole Miss is up there," Dixon said on Thursday evening. "I don't have a favorites list or a top five, but they are up there, and will be considered when I do come up with a list of my top favorites."

Dixon says he's hearing from between 15 and 17 schools.

With coaches being unable to call prospects at this point of the recruiting process, Dixon hasn't talked to the Ole Miss coaches and doesn't know a lot about the Rebels.

"I know they had a couple of good players recently that went to the NFL," he said. I watched a couple of their games on television last fall."

Dixon was listed as a 5-foot-10, 160 pound cornerback last fall, but says he's now up to 6-foot-1 and 172 pounds. He reports a 4.42 40-yard dash.

He had 52 tackles last fall as a junior and added an impressive 30 pass break-ups with one interception, two kick returns for a touchdown and had two blocked field goals.

Dixon wanted to play quarterback when he first began his high school career as a freshman but had to adjust that goal.

"Our team had some good quarterbacks, so I knew I had to find a place where I could play and that's on defense," he said.

Dixon used the late Sean Taylor, the Washington Redskins' safety who was tragically murdered last fall, as his role model.

"I grew up favoring Miami," Dixon said. "They had a great team when I was younger, a contender every year, and I loved Sean Taylor. "I wanted to grow up being a safety just like him, but I was too small to be a safety, so I moved to corner."

Dixon also saw some action at wide receiver, but said his future in college football is at the cornerback position.

He has attended two junior days and doesn't have any additional visits planned at this time.

"Florida State, they were amazing," he said. "The facilities were big and I talked to a couple of the coaches. I didn't get to talk with coach (Chuck) Amato, I think he was sick. I called him and we talked for a couple of minutes and we keep in contact."

"Florida is a real good school,' Dixon said. "I talked to all the coaches, except I didn't get to talk with Urban Meyer. It's a great campus and I was impressed. They showed me some construction photos and when they get finished, it's going to be really impressive."

With two visits complete, Dixon hasn't completed his plans for summer camps and will defer making those decisions until he consults with his high school coaches.

When it comes to selecting a school, he said that initially academics were the most important consideration.

"That's not the case anymore because all of the schools that have offered me have good academic programs," he said. "The most important things now are coaches and how they treat players, playing time, and campus life. Entertainment off campus and how people treat you off campus is also important."

Dixon has a 2.7 GPA and plans to take the ACT for the first time in May.

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