Two of Malik Vaccaro-Dixon's first three scholarship offers were from local schools — South Florida and Central Florida, with Appalachian State being the outlier — but as college coaches from everywhere hit the recruiting road in Port Charlotte, Florida, it was inevitable the 2015 safety began picking up more widespread interest.
Temple has chimed in with an offer, as has South Alabama. Iowa State could be close.
Vaccaro-Dixon met Iowa State coach Shane Burnham earlier in the week and tried to show off for him in practice.
"He was a real good man — he watched me practice and we talked after," Vaccaro-Dixon said. "I showed him my range and I showed him how I can break to the ball."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder could play either safety. He's big enough to be a strong but, per his highlight tape, rangy enough to be a free.
"I've gotten better at breaking to the ball," he said. "I've always had the instincts ... playing sideline to sideline."
Wrote Florida recruiting analyst Geoff Vogt last fall: "MVD has a long, lean frame that should hold plenty of more weight down the road. There would even be a chance that he developed into a TE/HB down the road if begins to grow out some. OLB? Another possibility down the road. Bottom line there is a lot to work with here in the physical department."
Vaccaro-Dixon will camp at Florida and USF in June and could make a decision as early as before the upcoming season, but he'd like to see what kind of interest he can gather.
The chance to play in the Big 12, if Iowa State offered, would be intriguing.
"I'd have a lot of chances to get interceptions and make a name for myself," he said.