Ducks Hot After Dixon

"I like Oregon a lot," Isaac Dixon said. "The coaches seem great and I like how they play. They always have good defensive backs and I like how they get their guys drafted by the NFL. They are known for having a defense that creates turnovers and are well-coached." Dixon says the Ducks are recruiting him the hardest and he spoke with coach John Neal on Sept. 13. "He said there's a good shot..."

Isaac Dixon, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound, two-star linebacker/safety from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla., will be taking his first official visit at the end of September as he'll head west to visit Oregon.

"I'm going to the California game (Sept. 26)," Dixon said. "I'm really excited. I like Oregon a lot. The coaches seem great and I like how they play. They always have good defensive backs and I like how they get their guys drafted by the NFL. They are known for having a defense that creates turnovers and are well-coached."

He says the Ducks are recruiting him the hardest and he spoke with (secondary) coach John Neal on Sept. 13. "He said there's a good shot for me to play as a freshman," he said.

"I really like the turnaround that Oregon made after their first game," Dixon said about the 8-19 loss to Boise State. "They played well against Purdue (winning 38-36) and the defense really stepped up. I think they came along way in that week."

Dixon says he's never been to Oregon but admits he's not worried about the distance.

Although he still denies a leader, Dixon favors Oregon, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Syracuse and Florida International. All of his favorites have offered.

He says he may be attending Syracuse for their game against South Florida on Oct. 3.

"I don't know a lot about Syracuse yet," he said. "I'm trying to learn more about them. I'm just getting to know the coaches. I know the program is rebuilding and seems to be young and up-and-coming."

The only schools that Dixon has already visited are South Florida and Florida International. During the summer Dixon attended a camp at Kansas State.

Another school that Dixon is likely to visit officially is Oklahoma State. "I saw them play against Georgia (on TV) and I love the defense," he said. "But I was surprised they lost to Houston. I didn't see that game though."

Dixon says he has no time frame for making a decision.

"I want to go where they have good facilities and a nice weight room," he said. "I'd like to be in a good living environment and where it's not just the football facilities that are good but also the dorms, the campus and everything.

"I want to feel part of a family," he said.

Dixon is ranked as the No. 111 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, but says that his favorites are recruiting him for safety.

Monsignor Pace High School opened their 2009 season with a 7-13 loss against Miramar but followed it up with a 20-8 victory over North Miami Beach High. Next up for the Spartans is Coral Shores High School on Sept. 25.

Dixon reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 17 ACT.

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