Iowa State became the 10th offer for Port Charlotte (FL) defensive back Malik Vaccaro-Dixon on Tuesday, the three-star prospect receiving word from Maurice Linguist and head coach Paul Rhoads over the phone. Vaccaro-Dixon, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, spoke with AllCyclones.com shortly after.
AllCyclones: What did Rhoads say when he offered you today?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "He just talked about the program and what it's like, the facilities, what they've done."
AllCyclones: What did they say they like about you?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "They like how I'm rangy and the type of defense I play at my high school is the defense they play, so it'd be an easy transition."
AllCyclones: The 4-3 or specific coverage assignments?
AllCyclones: Nearing 6-foot-3, you're getting pretty big for a cornerback. Where does Iowa State like you at?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "They like me at safety."
AllCyclones: I know you'd like to decide before the season starts and might narrow down a top three or five soon. Where are you in your recruitment?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "Iowa State has really caught my eye, also USF, UCF, FIU, UConn and Appalachian State."
AllCyclones: In-state schools then some others further away. Do you and your family have any preference to that?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "No, sir. My family just wants me to make the best education- and football-based decision."
AllCyclones: What's the most important factor for you?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "I'd probably say playing time."
AllCyclones: Do you study the roster for that?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "Yes, sir, and I ask teams about the depth they have at safety and what they're expecting out of me. And I also look it up myself to see how deep they are and what grade level they are."
AllCyclones: What did Iowa State say it'd expect out of you?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "Safety depth isn't as high but nothing's guaranteed and you'd have to work hard for everything."
AllCyclones: Are they trying to get your up for a visit?
Vaccaro-Dixon: "I'm thinking about going up for a camp, I'm thinking about it."
AllCyclones: Paying your own way to camp, that's a good sign for ISU.
Vaccaro-Dixon: "Yes, sir, I'm very interested."