Ricardo Dixon is one of the top corners in Florida for the 2009 recruiting class. The speedy corner has seen his name pop up on the national scene recently, and colleges have begun to take notice. "Recruiting is going pretty good right now," said Dixon. "I've been offered from North Carolina and I'm hearing from schools like Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Georgia and a ton of other schools."
Even though the Seminoles haven't offered the talented defensive player, right now they are at the top of Ricardo's list. He told NoleDigest that he likes them very much, saying, "Even though FSU hasn't offered me yet, they are my favorite. I really like them. I like how the coaches are towards to you. I'm really considering them because they have a great history with corners and they do well in the league. You got guys like Antonio Cromartie doing well, and you look at Tony Carter who can play in the NFL. I was up there for their Junior Day. That went real good. I liked the facilities, and everything was great. I went to Florida's Junior Day before I went to FSU and I was like oh man this is nice. Then when I went to FSU it was like 2-times bigger. I was like WOW. They showed us the cafeteria, weightroom and stuff like that. The coaches told us we haven't seen anything yet."
One coach that Ricardo has been building a relationship with is linebackers coach and Miami area recruiter Chuck Amato. Amato has long had a great reputation in South Florida, and it has been paying off with Dixon so far. "I like Coach (Chuck) Amato. I call him and talk to him a lot. He was telling me they have another Junior Day type thing going on March 22nd and that he wants me to come to that. I've been building a relationship with him. Right now it's like a player/coach relationship. Coach Amato used to call Coach (Lamont) Green all the time last year just to check on him, so I've been keeping in contact with him since then. I am thinking about giving him a call tomorrow to talk to him," stated Dixon.
Lamont Green was the Defensive Coordinator for Dr. Krop the last 2 years. He has since moved on to FSU as an academic advisor, and Ricardo says that could play a part. One aspect that may hold more weight with Dixon is the recruitment of Green's cousin James Green. He said, "With Lamont going to FSU that could play a part. It's 50/50, but his cousin will play more of a part. I've established d a good friendship with his cousin James Green. We want to go to the same school. If I commit to a school, he'll follow. If he commits, I'll follow him. We have some of the same offers right now, but we are just waiting to see. That's one reason I'm waiting to commit to see what happens. Once I do, it's going to be done (the recruiting process)."
Ricardo says that at this time he has a top 7 of schools: North Carolina, FSU, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin and Ole Miss. Out of those 7 he says three lead:
North Carolina: "I put them at the top because they've offered me and they have great facilities. I like the program and I went there last summer. I want to go this summer again."
FSU: I'm going to change it when I get the offer. They have better facilities than North Carolina and Florida, and that's going to help them out too."
Florida: "They're facilities don't match up to FSU's or North Carolina's, but I did see some models where they are rebuilding some parts of the school."
The ability that Dixon brings to the field is what has all of the schools interested. He does feel that he does have some parts of his game that he needs to work on, though. He said, "I'm not the biggest corner, but I have long arms and long legs. I'm good in my back peddle and I break on the ball well. I'm physical and I love to hit. I need to work on fixing the habit of paying too much attention to the quarterback running. I bit last year on fakes and play-action. With practice I think I can get better at that. Coach Green was telling me that I need to stick with my man and cover the receiver. He said the 7 guys behind me will take care of the quarterback if he runs. After he said that I've done better at it."
Ricardo says that at this time he doesn't have summer plans, but he does intend to check out FSU in March. He did state the things he'll be looking for in a school when he starts taking visits. "I plan on talking to the coaches about academics, the off-campus life and how the player like it is important and the playing time that is available. Those 3 things are what I'll be looking for in a school," said Dixon.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Ricardo and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.