Sabino 2017 athlete Drew Dixon remembers the first time that he thought might have a future in football.
“Growing up I played football but it wasn’t anything like I already knew that I was really good,” Dixon said. ”It didn’t hit me until later on in my high school life.”
That time came against one of the traditional state powers.
“Everyone was really hyped to go against Scottsdale Saguaro," he said. "Everyone knew what Saguaro had done in the past and for me I knew that I was going against the second best corner in the nation.
“And, seriously he was really good, but running routes and going against Byron Murphy I knew I belonged.”
Colleges then quickly expressed interest in DIxon.
“That was the game when everything changed for me," he said. "I knew I was here to stay and I started getting letters everyday.”
Although some schools projected DIxon out as a defensive prospect, he will be on the offensive side of the ball at Arizona.
“When I get to Arizona it’s going to be all offense," Dixon said. "They’re going to try me at at quarterback and wide receiver. With my size I think I can play either, but if I’m at quarterback I think I have the arm and if I’m at wide receiver I'm in an offense where the receivers get action."
Dixon aspires to meet up with Murphy down the road.
“It’s nothing personal at all," Dixon said. "He’s on the best team in the conference right now and I’m hoping I can continue to improve and get to the point where I’m thought of the same way.”