South Florida DT Has Summer Plans In Tally

Antonio Dixon, who is from Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington, is emerging as one of the top defensive tackle prospects form the Southeast. Several teams have recognized his talent and they are in heavy pursuit of the 6-foot-3 and 338 pound run-stopping machine. The summer he's attending several football camps, including Florida State.


"Antonio is at the Ohio State football camp now," his legal guardian and Aunt Constante Fleming said. "He's really enjoying the camp. He's never been on an airplane before and being there gives him a good perspective of what a big-time division 1A program is all about. He got a chance to meet Chris Gamble." (Former Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard star)

Next up for Dixon will be stops at several more football camps. This weekend he'll attend South Florida's football camp. In July he'll make stops at both Florida's and Florida State's team camps.

This fall and winter, Dixon, who recorded 40 tackles and eight sacks as a junior, will most likely visit Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Miami.

So far Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, South Florida, Rutgers and Tennessee have offered him a full-ride to their respective schools.

What does Dixon think of some of the schools that are in hot pursuit of his services?

"He followed the University of Miami from a fan standpoint," Fleming said. "However, keep in mind that he's never been to a college or professional game and his life so he's pretty wide open. He was pretty impressed with several coaches this May. He liked Odell Haggins from Florida State. He's kind of like a father figure and he keeps things loose. He also likes Coach Red and Zook from Florida. Antonio was kind of shocked that Oklahoma has interest in him. He really likes Bob Stoops."

Fleming also mentioned that the Noles have a good shot with Dixon and that her nephew was well aware of the past tradition of Florida State lineman.

In the writer's opinion Dixon compares to current Miami Hurricane defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. The 6-foot-3 and 338 pounder is light on his feet and is very quick for a player of his size.

Dixon has also participated in basketball, track and wresting in the prep ranks.

"Antonio went to state as sophomore in wresting," Fleming said. "He also throws the shot put in track."

Dixon carries a 2.7 grade point average in classroom and he's waiting the results on the SAT test.

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