Ball State Class of '09: Theon Dixon

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the seventh of those 22 installments.

Theon Dixon, 5-11 190, OLB, Cleveland (Glenville)

What he brings: Theon is a ferocious hitter and loves to make contact. He seems to operate very well in space and has played S in high school, so that will certainly help his coverage skills at this level. Theon comes from a great program and has received solid coaching already, so he might be very well prepared to play sooner rather than later. He can play a few different positions in a WILL or a Rover type where he can almost float back like a safety but still attack the run, where he flourishes.

Areas of improvement: For Theon to excel at LB, he will have to pack on about 20 more lbs. This shouldn't be too tough of a task. Also, he must learn the LB position and learn run/pass recognition skills. Finally, Theon will have to learn playing regularly closer to the line of scrimmage as an LB and will have to develop more as a pure tackler and not just a hitter. He is a great hitter, but needs to improve on making all tackles and wrapping up.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Theon has a tremendous upside. Already at around 190, he has the frame to support more weight while keeping his solid athleticism. Theon's experience playing for Ted Ginn at Glenville will certainly help translate to a smoother shift to the rigors of playing at Ball State.


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