Chippewas Offer Georgia Cornerback

The state of Georgia has provided the Central Michigan football program with some great players over the years, including current defensive standouts Josh Gordy and Larry Knight. The Chippewas now have their eyes on an emerging star who they recently offered a scholarship.

When Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb High School athlete Marques Dixon returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown last Friday, college coaches took notice.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Dixon wasn't done impressing fans at the game. He had an interception from his cornerback position and showed great versatility as a player, taking snaps at quarterback when starter Steven Coates left with an injury.

Dixon will be getting a lot more snaps next week as well, now the starting quarterback for Southwest Dekalb until Coates returns.

The success he had in the first game of his senior season does not surprise Dixon. Earning scholarships and playing college ball have been Dixon's goal since he began playing football. Having put in the work, Dixon is happy to have a return on his investment, recently earning his first D-1 scholarships from Central Michigan and Southern Mississippi.

While Ohio State and Alabama have shown some interest in Dixon, his current favorites are the two schools that have formally offered him.

"Being that CMU and Southern Miss are the only two official offers I have, of course those would be my top schools," Dixon said. "Other schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and many more are showing interest but I am still awaiting on official offers from those schools."

Dixon clarified that he doesn't have a favorite between the Chippewas and Golden Eagles. He also stated that he will be holding out until signing day to make his decision.

"I believe I will wait until signing day to make my decision," Dixon said, "because right now I'm focused on my team and our season."

Dixon is being recruited for CMU by CMU running backs coach Jeff Beckles. Dixon said that CMU head coach Butch Jones has also been in contact with him, selling Dixon on the "merits of CMU and the success that athletes have coming out of the CMU program."

"I talk to Coach Beckles frequently and receive emails from him as well as from Coach Jones," Dixon said. "Talking to those coaches, CMU definitely seems like a place I could spend four or more years of my life, better myself as a person and football player and prepare me for the NFL."

Recruited primarily to play cornerback, Dixon is still considered by most coaches as an "athlete," a label which Dixon does not contest.

"Yes, cornerback is my primary position but I am a football player and I am willing to play wherever I'm needed to help my team," Dixon said. "I also play some free safety, wide receiver, running back, quarterback, punter, kick returner and punt returner."

Dixon noted that he is a huge fan of CMU quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Dan LeFevour. Dixon added that he's looking forward to watching LeFevour play on national TV next weekend against Michigan State.

"Of course I will tune in to watch the game," Dixon said excitedly. "I have heard good things about the CMU football team and I am a big fan of Dan LeFevour. I will definitely be watching."

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