Coveted JC cornerback visits ASU

Travell Dixon traveled three time zones away to play in a junior college, but judging by the recruiting attention this sophomore is receiving the long journey was worth his while. The Eastern Arizona College cornerback has quickly become a coveted commodity in the 2012 class, and he unofficially visited one his suitors, Arizona State, this past weekend to familiarize himself with the Sun Devils.

The 6-2 203 pound Travell Dixon prepped at Norlin High School in Miami, Fla. He wasn't able to qualify academically to play at the next level, contemplated attending a prep school but ended up at Thatcher, Ariz. where had a stellar freshman year.

"We have been getting a lot of players from the Miami area," said Eastern Arizona College's assistant coach Chenelle Jones. "Those high school coaches know that if their players come to our program that they are going to graduate and play for a good team in one of the best JC leagues in the country. So when a lot of junior colleges go after the same player the high schools put us at the beginning of the line."

The Gila Monsters couldn't be more delighted that they were able to land the towering cornerback. In the 2010 Dixon was named All-WSFL and All-ACCAC as a freshman and collected 26 tackles and two interceptions.

"He's a 6-2 203 pound corner that runs a 4.4," Jones commented. "He's a cover guy that loves to hit, and he's what everybody is looking for. He was always defending the best receiver on the other team and the reason he doesn't have that many tackles and interceptions is because teams would just not throw to his side of the field.

"He's a true lockdown corner, he is a pretty special player and he has the game film to back it up."

And the offers he has received further validate his accolades.

Aside from ASU, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas and North Carolina have all extended scholarship offers to date. "Those won't be his last offers," Jones claimed, "because they are a lot of coaches who want to visit with him. They know he is the real deal."

Dixon stated that he is certainly feeling the strong recruiting attention coming from Tempe, as the Sun Devils extended him an offer during his freshman year. Dixon along with some of his teammates arrived in Tempe last Saturday to take in ASU's spring game.

"It was a cool visit," Dixon said. "We got to see the campus, the facilities and watched the spring game. I liked talking to coach Bryce (Erickson) who is recruiting me and the other coaches. They showed me a lot of love and I felt right at home. Those new uniforms were real impressive and you can just tell that the team will have a different attitude playing in them. It's a good new approach."

Dixon knows that he didn't witness the typical ASU defense in last Saturday's spring game, since he saw them in action on a couple of occasions in 2010.

"They are a cover-four team that sometimes plays press and sometimes plays off the ball," Dixon remarked. "It's a relentless defense which I like. The (ASU) coaches like my size and how confident I play. They think I would be a great corner for them and that my talent can take me a long way.

"I've been playing football for only four years and it's amazing when coaches tell you that you can play in the NFL when you are done with college."

The corner, who is scheduled to be mid-year transfer and will be a three for two player, already visited Arizona and plans to visit North Carolina. He added that his official visits won't be set until the fall.

"I'll probably make a decision sometime between September and November," Dixon claimed. "I'm not necessarily looking to choose a school close to home or a school on the west coast. My decision is about where I feel the best fit and it could be a school close to my family or a school far away from them.

"I don't have a short list and I want to see what other offers come in and take it from there. I'm looking for a program that has a physical defense because that's the style of play I like and a program that can develop me and help me get to the NFL."

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