Dixon feels he fits in with Arizona

Arizona received a verbal commitment from defensive lineman Ben Dixon on Monday. Read on to see why he did it, his relationship with the coaches, and more.

Arizona kept its recruiting momentum moving forward on Monday, when it landed its second consecutive commitment along the defensive line from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure defensive end Ben Dixon, who is happy to be on board with the Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class.

"It feels good to be committed to Arizona," Dixon said. "I'm glad I committed there. I really enjoy the school, the program, and the football team and I feel like I fit in nicely with their defense. I really like the coaches and the football program they have there."

The 6-foot-3, 235 pound prospect from the Golden State emerged as an Arizona target after he earned an offer directly from UA head coach Mike Stoops at the team's skills camp earlier in the summer; an experience that gave Dixon a good idea of what Stoops and his program were all about.

"I went to their camp and they offered me at the camp," Dixon said. "Coach Mike Stoops offered me and I think he's a nice guy and he's a good person.

"I like how the coaches taught me at the camp back in June and I learned a lot from them. The campus is nice and the facilities are good and I heard they're going to get new facilities and stuff here pretty soon."

Dixon also had the chance to work with Arizona's new defensive line coach Joe Salave'a and was grateful for the teachings he passed onto him.

"Coach Joe taught me a lot of things about my position," Dixon said. "I talked to him a lot at the camp. He taught me things to improve my stance and my quickness when I get off the ball."

Those lessons should only continue to advance Dixon's games, as he counts his quickness as one of his major strengths.

"What makes me a good defensive end is my speed, my strength, and my size," Dixon said. "Arizona likes me a defensive end, that's my favorite position. But right now I'm starting at defensive tackle for my high school."

Another factor beneficial to Arizona was its graduation of Brooks Reed, Ricky Elmore, and D'Aundre Reed to the NFL, as Dixon hopes to one day follow in their footsteps.

"Arizona had three guys that were drafted to the NFL and that helped me a lot in my decision," Dixon said. "That really motivates me to go there and learn and get better."

Dixon is Arizona's third commitment on the defensive side of the ball and 11th member of the class of 2012 overall.

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