Before any other school entered the mix for Frisco (Texas) receiver Jaylen Dixon, Iowa State saw his talent and presented him with his first offer in late February.
The Cyclones’ interest in the 5-foot-10, 155-pound shifty slot receiver hasn’t wavered in the 3-½ months since as the staff searches to fill what is likely its final receiver spot in the 2017 class with a quick, inside presence.
“I feel like it's been my speed and quickness. They really like my ability to be able to stretch the field and make big plays downfield,” Dixon said of Iowa State. “They obviously want me to be a big part of what they are doing. They feel I'm a guy who can come in and have some huge playmaking ability.”
Dixon also holds offers from Syracuse, Southern Miss, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Liberty at the early stage of his recruitment. Both Kansas and Texas State are showing heavy interest.
Dixon perfectly fits Iowa State’s ‘M’ position mold, but could also be used simply as a slot receiver. He showed his multi-use versatility last fall during his junior campaign when he caught 82 passes for 1,178 yards and 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 498 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries for Lone State High School.
The Cyclones could use him in a similar fashion.
“I am in contact with Coach [Matt] Campbell very often as well as Coach [Bryan] Gasser and [have] gotten a good chance to get to know them well. As well as Coach [Alex] Golesh,” Dixon said. “They mostly talk about wanting me to come in and be a big time playmaker. They like what I can do and the ability I bring to the table and they really feel I can be a great fit in their offense.”
With two receivers committed in the class who will likely be used mostly on the outside, Iowa State’s current list of targets appears to focus on inside receivers. In recent weeks, Dixon has been one of the few priorities at the position.
“I definitely do [feel like a priority],” Dixon said. “I am in constant contact with the coaches and I definitely feel that they really want me a part of their program.”
The next step for Dixon is visiting.
“Getting up to Ames is in the plans,” Dixon said. “I'm not sure yet how soon I could get up there yet. But I definitely will.”
Ultimately, Dixon is currently planning to wait on a decision until he takes visits this fall.
“I feel like it's important to me to feel completely comfortable with a program, the coaching staff and being at a place that feels like a home,” he said. “I will most likely make a decision during the season. After I've gone on some officials and got a good feel for each school.”