The Real Deal

Arkansas remains in great shape to land first-team junior college All-American David Dixon, who had a spectacular 2004 season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

David Dixon (6-2, 235, 4.4), the Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College linebacker recently named a first-team junior college All-American, will be at Arkansas for his official visit on Jan. 21-23.

"Tell the Razorback fans I'm coming down there and very excited about my visit," Dixon said Sunday night.

Oklahoma State and Iowa State remain in the mix, but his first visit - and possibly his only one - will be to Arkansas.

"I want them to the first school I visit," said Dixon, whose was named the Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year. "I really like Arkansas."

Dixon had a spectacular 2004 with 173 tackles, 47.5 tackles for lost yardage, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions - one taken back for a touchdown - eight passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one recovery.

"David Dixon's probably the best defensive player in the country at our level," Hutchinson head coach Craig Jersild said on the school's website. "He's proven that week in and week out. David's been a very consistent player for us with an extremely bright future."

In addition he used his speed to block three punts and deflect three others and even returned 10 kickoffs for an average of 25.5 yards per return.

All that led Hutchinson to a 7-4 year that was culminated with a 15-10 win over Tyler in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

"All in all I had a pretty good year," noted Dixon, who transferred from Blinn (Texas) JC at mid-semester after his freshman season ended. "I just wished we had won a few more games."

He'll get a home visit soon from new Razorback defensive coordinator Reggie Herring, who headed up the nation's number one defense last season at North Carolina State.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting him and seeing what he is all about," Dixon said. "We haven't got it set up just yet, but I think we are going to do it in early January."

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