Dixon gives Tempe visit rave reviews

Spending four days at a school is anything but your typical unofficial visit. Thus, it should come as no surprise that four-star tight end Bryce Dixon now has Arizona State as one of his favorites as he eyes an off-season decision. Devils Digest caught up with Dixon to get him impressions of the Sun Devil program and his recruitment with the school.

"I liked it a lot," said the Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure standout about his Arizona State visit. "It was good to go down there for all those days and really get to know the coaches, the players and the program. I got to learn a lot about the school. I really like their offense and how much the tight end catches the ball and also that their two top tight ends are graduating so you have a chance to play early. We run the same type of practice and same type of the system like they (ASU) do so that was good to see because I'm used to that.

"I talked to Chris Coyle a lot on the trip and he told me how the coaches were real and coming from a player that means a lot, because you always want to have a good relationship with them. The campus is really nice and I just liked the whole trip. They showed me a good time. "

The 6-4 235-pound Bryce Dixon earned all-county and 2nd team all-state underclass honors from CalHiSports last year as a two-way standout who was also linebacker/defensive end.

"With the grace of a receiver in the body of a tight end, Dixon is a tough cover for linebackers and defensive backs alike," said Fox Sports Next's Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy. "Dixon shows excellent body control while leaping up for a ball in traffic or simply adjusting to a throw that isn't right on target. He runs well enough to leave most players behind once he gets stretched out in full stride.

"Dixon will need to continue to fill out and learn to play in the trenches to reach his full time potential at tight end, but when it comes to the passing game, it will be tough to find a better receiving tight end in the Class of 2014 than Dixon."

The tight end cited the good connection he has developed with the Sun Devil staff, as one major reason why Arizona State is one of his favorites. "(ASU tight ends) Coach Long is a young coach who played the position," Dixon commented. "So we can really relate to each other. He thinks that with the way I catch the ball and how well I do after I catch the ball, that I can fit perfectly in their offense, because we run the same offense in high school.

"I know I have to work on my blocking and getting stronger."

Rated by Fox Sports Next as the no. 8 tight end in the 2014 class, Dixon naturally sports offers from several BCS schools such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington. Unlike most prospects of his caliber, Dixon feels that he may want to make his pledge earlier rather than later.

"I want to decide before my season starts," Dixon remarked. "I'm going to work on making a short list of schools but I know Arizona State is for sure going to be on that list. I'm hoping to visit them again in the summer.

"When I'm going to make my decision I'm going to look at what kind of campus they have, academics and how they use their tight ends. I liked what I saw on that from Arizona State which is why they are high on my list."

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