Profile: Tony Dixon

A big-play man in class 1A, who could probably start for every class 6A school in the state, Tony Dixon doesn't shy away from contact on offense or on defense.

According to the Parrish High School coach, Dixon's 4.45 clocking in the 40-yard dash is legitimate and he is a tough player as well.

A standout athlete on either offense or defense, Tony Dixon (5-10, 185) is a versatile player that could end up at any of several positions.

The Jasper native was the Daily Mountain Eagle's co-player of the year for the 2002 season, sharing that honor with teammate, Cole Mason. As a sophomore, he owned that honor by himself.

As a two time All State performer, Dixon will be heavily coveted his senior year. In an earlier story, Dixon told that he grew up a "big Alabama fan," but he is taking the recruiting process one step at a time. "Everyone is pretty equal right now," Dixon said at the time. "I just want to keep my options open."

Last season Dixon raced past opposing defenders for 1,833 yards and eight touchdowns. But the remarkable stat that jumps out at scouts is the fact that he missed four complete games with mononucleosis and only played one half in several other games. He enters his senior year with over 6,000 career yards.

In the same interview, Dixon told that his goal as a senior was "to break 2,000 yards and score 30 rushing touchdowns."

Dixon had more than 400 yards as an eighth grader in three games, then followed as a freshman with 1,700 yards. He had a breakout sophomore year with 2,100 yards and 23 TDs. Despite the mononucleosis, Dixon also had a banner junior season.

A speedy back with good hands, Dixon also had four receptions for touchdowns last season.

The versatile athlete plays cornerback on defense and has surprised many onlookers with his ability to come up and lay some vicious hits on the ball carrier. Dixon has terrific coverage skills and was credited with 115 tackles and one interception his junior year.

Dixon has camped at Alabama, MTSU and last year's Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa. "I'm planning on going to seven camps this summer," he told earlier. "I'm going to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Arkansas. I'm also looking at Georgia too."

The Jasper native bench presses 275 pounds, squats 425, power cleans 250 and dead lifts 500. He carries a 3.3 GPA in the classroom and is waiting on his test score.

At this point Dixon is leaning to Alabama and also is considering Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee.

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