"I like their NFL-style defense."

Travell Dixon, rated the No. 1 cornerback in the country from Eastern Arizona Community College, enrolled early at Alabama. He has jumpstarted his college career for the 2011 BCS National Championship team. Dixon talks 'Why Alabama' and so much more in the NSD capsule.

Travell Dixon
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Ranking: Nation's Top Juco cornerback
Size: 6-foot-2, 200-pounds
School: Eastern Arizona Community College
Projected Position: Cornerback

Stats: Dixon had a pick 6 in 2010 and 2011, and had a total of 64 tackles, seven interceptions and four-pass-ups.

Accolades: Dixon was named First Team All-WSFL and First Team All-Region; All-State, All-Conference, Arizona coaches Player of the Year.

Commit Date: 12/21/2011
Recruiting Competition: Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State

Strengths/Improvements: "I want to play cornerback. I feel like I can do it all. I am a man corner. I am very physical. I feel like I have improved my mentality since I have been in JC. I have taken school seriously. I have learned how to move my feet better on the field. I have improved my instincts a lot."

Why Alabama: "It was an extremely hard decision for me. In the end I went with my heart. My heart led me to Alabama. I talked to the Alabama coaches before I talked to any media. They told me they were very excited. They were happy I committed to them. I am excited about getting there. Alabama has great tradition and facilities. It's great being able to be coached by Nick Saban. He has a great track record with defensive backs.

"Alabama has also done a great job with junior college players. They do a great job preparing them for the League. I am really looking forward to my career at Alabama.

"It was a long road. I went from 45 offers to narrowing it down to three schools. In the end my heart told me Alabama was the best place for me. The situation at Alabama and how they develop their junior college players is what stands out to me.

"I like their NFL-style of defense. I am a man corner. That's my specialty. I feel like it would be a great fit. Nick Saban's name and his history speaks for itself. He sends all of his junior college recruits to the NFL. He is a mastermind coach as far as defensive backs.

"My overall thoughts about Alabama are very positive. Everything about Alabama is positive. There is positive energy from everyone there. I really liked that. Alabama is a great place to be. Nick Saban is a great defensive coach. They produce NFL players. It's a traditional school. Alabama is a no-brainer."

Coach Quotes: "There aren't many cornerbacks 6-foot-2, 200-pounds who can run like Travell," said Eastern Arizona head coach John O'Mera. "He is a raw prospect who has the potential to be a great player. He has the tools college coaches look for. He's a great player who runs a sub 4.4-40. He worked hard during the off-season and had a great season. He is football smart. He's confident, but not cocky. He's been a model citizen."

Andrew Bone says: "Travell Dixon is the premier junior college cornerback in the country and a pivotal piece in the Crimson Tide's 2012 recruiting class at a position of need. Dixon has a great chance to see early playing time in Tuscaloosa and enrolling early to compete in spring practice is a major benefit. Dixon has excellent size and speed. He has all the tools Nick Saban wants in his defensive backs. He is a great man-to-man cover cornerback.

Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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