May 27, 2008

Rebels in mix for talented CB

Ricardo Dixon recently named a top 10.

All of the schools he mentioned have offered scholarships, and the list of finalists includes Ole Miss, which is desperately seeking help at cornerback in the 2009 signing class.

"Ole Miss is up near the top," said Dixon, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound cornerback from Hallandale, Fla., near Miami. "I've talked to (Ole Miss assistant/recruiting coordinator) Coach (Chris) Vaughn a lot. He called me recently but my phone was on silent so he had to leave a message on my voicemail. He tells me that Ole Miss could be the right place for me. He wants me to come check it out."

Ole Miss joins Florida State, South Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Rutgers, Central Florida, Boston College, Clemson, and Georgia on Dixon's top 10, and the Seminoles appear to be the early leaders for his speedy services.

While Tallahassee is on Dixon's mind these days, the Seminoles are anything but a lock to land him. Dixon plans to take in some schools on his list this summer, but he hasn't set a schedule yet.

"Education is obviously very important to me, but every school that has offered me has that for me," Dixon said. "I'm going to be looking at the coaches, the environment, the city and of course, playing time. I want to go somewhere where I fit in and somewhere where the coaches are going to be there awhile and I can go in and talk to them when I need to."

As for playing time, Dixon is ambitious, but he's not stupid. He knows any school lucky enough to land his signature in February will have quality players at cornerback that are older and engrained in the system.

"I'm doing my research," Dixon said. "I know I'm not going to come right in and start. I want to go somewhere where I'll be working and moving up the depth chart."

Speaking of research, Dixon can look forward to doing plenty of that in college. He recently learned that he's made an 1150 on the SAT, plenty high on the standardized test. He's got solid grades and will be a full qualifier.

"It was real good," Dixon said of his feelings when he saw his test score. "At first I was really nervous, but I took it, read the questions carefully and made a good score."

Dixon said he'll commit to his school of choice sometime this fall, likely in October or November. After his senior season is complete, Dixon will travel north to Orlando for the Under Armour All-Star game. What will fans see?

"I'm a real down-to-earth person," Dixon said. "I'm a great athlete, and I do what my coach wants me to do. I'm a funny guy and I fit in. But the big thing about me is I love a challenge."

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