Talented DB Talks Auburn, Recruiting

Speedy Alex Dixon talks about his summer, recruiting, and the Auburn Tigers.

Clearwater, Fla.--Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has coached his share of talented defensive backs over the years and sent many of those guys on to the NFL. His reputation precedes him in the recruiting world and that's one of the many things that Countryside standout Alex Dixon likes about the Tigers.

With more than a dozen offers including Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson, Wake Forest, the 6-1, 185 Dixon said he's still very much open at the moment but is intrigued by what he sees in the Auburn Tigers.

"Auburn has a great alumni base and great fans," Dixon tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They have a great football program. They play in a great conference. It's hard nosed football at Auburn and I like that. They also play great defense."

Being recruited for Auburn by tight ends/special teams coach Jay Boulware, Dixon said the two have a great relationship but it's his bond with Chizik that is really pushing in Auburn's favor.

"It means a lot to me that the head man is helping to recruit me," Dixon said. "That's big. Coach Chizik seems like a good coach. I have heard a lot about him because he used to coach one of my cousins (Leonard Johnson) at Iowa State. I have heard good things about him. It's great that he has a history coaching defensive backs."

With so many options to choose from Dixon would be hard pressed to go wrong with his decision in the future, but he said he wants to make sure he gets it exactly right by taking his time and checking out as much about each school as possible.

"Right now I want to take my official visits and get it over with but I'm going to take my time," Dixon said. "I want to be able to focus on my senior year and enjoy myself. I don't have a top group at the moment but I'll have a top eight sometime this summer. I'm going to visit North Carolina and Clemson and I'm also going to Auburn on the 17th of this month with my mom."

Making a visit unofficially to a campus to check things out is a little different for a prospect. Often times it's much shorter than an official visit meaning they're forced to cram in tours and meetings as much as possible to get information. Dixon said he's not as concerned about the exterior things as he is about the feel of the program itself.

"I just want to see the relationships of the coaches and how close they are," Dixon said. "I just want to see if it's a great fit for me. I want to see how everything works at each place."

As a junior Dixon finished the season with five interceptions and also caused two fumbles. While playing sparingly on defense he also returned kickoffs.

In addition to the Auburn visit coming up on July 17, Dixon said he plans to camp at Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp on July 26.

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