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April 14, 2009
Ole Miss offers Miami-area standout
Ole Miss had good success in pulling three recruits out of the Miami area last February and the Rebels are back in that area offering prospects for the 2010 signing class.
The most recent prospect to draw an offer is Opa Locka (FL) Monsignor Pace linebacker Issac Dixon.
Dixon, a 5-foot-11, 185 pound linebacker prospect, was credited with 125 tackles last fall as a junior.
At the time Ole Miss offered (about three weeks ago), Dixon had only one offer - from Oklahoma State - but now has also added an offer from Oregon in addition to the Ole Miss offer.
Dixon seemed excited about the offer on Monday evening.
"Ole Miss is a great school," he said. "I've seen them play a couple of times. They have a cool program and I definitely want to visit there sometime."
While Dixon played linebacker for Monsignor Pace last fall, he also played some at running back and thinks another position might be in the cards for him at the next level.
"I think I definitely might see a move to safety," he said. "I've improved my 40-yard dash time to just under 4.6 and I think at my size, safety might be the best position for me in college."
After receiving his offer, Dixon has wasted little time in getting in touch with the Ole Miss coaching staff during a period when NCAA rules prohibit coaches from calling recruits, but recruits can call coaches.
"I've talked with the staff," Dixon said. "They told me that the really like my film and they are telling me how bad they want me to come to Ole Miss."
Dixon's first trip likely will not occur until late spring at the earliest.
"I'd like to get over this spring," he said. "But it's more than likely going to be for summer camp, maybe even late summer for a camp."
The offer also has Ole Miss somewhat at the top of schools Dixon is considering.
"Ole Miss is my top school," he said. "But I don't really want to come out with a list of top schools just yet. I want to see who is interested and who offers."
Other schools showing interest in Dixon include Alabama, Miami, South Florida, Central Florida, Florida International.
Dixon reports a 3.1 GPA and says he took the SAT recently for the first time.