Alpharetta (GA) Chattahoochee defensive end standout Barron Dixon (6-4, 274) has heard his head coach Terry Crowder talk about the wonders of the University of Arkansas for quite awhile now.
The defensive lineman got a chance to see that Crowder - a former Fayetteville High grad assistant and UA alum - wasn't just making it up on Saturday and now understands what the fuss is all about.
"I was so impressed by the stadium and that 110 yard weight room was just awesome," Dixon said. "The facilities are just fantastic and I really loved everything about Arkansas. I was definitely very impressed."
Dixon, one of the stars of the Razorbacks' Elite Camp on Saturday, has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Illinois, Louisville, Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State.
He joined teammates in offensive linemen Matt Kiefer and Matt Mills and quarterback Timmy Byerly for the camp and got to see current Razorback and former Hooch star Elton Ford while in Fayetteville.
"After this weekend, Arkansas has jumped up to the top of my list, in fact the very top of it," Dixon said. "The Razorbacks have a great program."
Arkansas defensive line coach Bobby Allen worked with Dixon on Saturday.
"The coaches all really seem to know what they were doing and I was very impressed with that," Dixon said. "I got a chance to work with Coach Allen and he is a very good coach. He said they might yell more at a real practice to get your going, but I like being pushed. All the coaches just seemed real cool."
Dixon is being recruited as both a defensive end and defensive tackle depending on the different schools.
"I think the strongest part of my game is my footwork and my hands," Dixon said. "I think the thing I need to continue to work on is my pad level and staying down low when I start to get tired."
Dixon has now had a chance to visit Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Clemson and Middle Tennessee State this summer.
He is not sure when he will make his college decision.
"I think Coach Crowder would like me to get it out of the way before the season so I can concentrate on that, but my parents think it might be best to wait," Dixon said. "I'm thinking it might come in the middle of the season after I take a few visits.
"The one thing about this is that this is the only time I am ever going to go through the recruiting process so I want to make a great decision," Dixon said. "That's what my focus is."
Dixon, who had 60 tackles and 3 sacks last season, believes Chattahoochee is on the verge of something big this season.
"Last year was a rebuilding year for us, but we have 18 starters coming back and we really think we have a chance to get in the state playoffs and really make a run this season," Dixon said. "We all feel really good about what we can accomplish and have all been working very hard."
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