Ricardo Dixon is a talented cornerback from South Florida. Dixon is a very aggressive cover corner, and has the potential to be a lockdown cover guy. He is a very solid special team's player, and can be a return man, cover kicks and punts and can also block punts and kicks. Great closing speed is his best attribute at this time.
On Saturday he made the trip to Florida State to check out practice and to finally meet the guy who's been recruiting him in Chuck Amato. This is the second time the corner prospect has visited, and again he came away impressed.
"This is my second time up here. I wanted to come up and visit again and meet my recruiter in Chuck Amato. We didn't have much of a chance to talk before the scrimmage, but we got to talk more after. He is a really nice guy who've I developed a relationship with. He was telling me how they send guys to the NFL and they often find success. Also he was telling me what Coach Bowden was saying about the meaning of a scholarship and how I have their word on that. It was a good conversation with both Coach Amato and Coach Bowden."
Dixon is a confident player who thinks, with the right coaching, he'll be able to go anywhere and succeed. The aspect that Florida State has that caught his eye is the depth chart for the Seminoles. According to Ricardo, that aspect has helped schools like FSU while hurting his childhood favorite Miami Hurricanes.
"I think I can do well at any school and make it to the NFL. I am looking for a chance to come in and play early. What the coaches were saying really opened up my eyes to the whole thing with them (the Seminoles). I look at FSU, North Carolina, South Carolina and schools like that, and see that I can contribute early. With Miami, they have a lot of corners, so there may not be a chance at playing time early on. I'm not expecting to start or anything, but I want to be able to play some when I get there."
Ricardo has made it known that he is a package deal with friend and former teammate James Green. While they were watching the practice the two talked about the schools they liked and wanted to go to. While Dixon kept the discussion close to the vest, he did say the visit paid dividends for the Seminoles.
"Me and James were talking out here while we were watching. We were asking each other who we liked and our top 5's. I don't want to say what we talked about, but the visit this weekend went well. It was a good visit and I was happy that I got to see them practice. I was ready to suit up and go out there and play. Overall it was a great time and I will make another visit there; probably an official."
Dixon says that at this time he isn't ready to put a list of 10 together and that he is open. He talked about going through the process, and said some surprising things about the school some consider to be the favorite.
"I am going to go through the process. I'm pretty open and don't have a top list or anything right now. Miami will be up there but there are certain things you have to look at. The depth chart is big to me, and I want to be able to play. Right now Miami doesn't have the factors I am looking for in a school."
Look for the Seminoles to continue to recruit the South Florida product very hard, as they are looking to sign several corners for the 2009 class. Right now Dixon is one of the top targets for the Noles, so look to hear more from him as we track his recruitment, as well as the other targets for the 2009 recruiting class.