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Since taking over for Bobby Elliott on the field and recruiting trail last off-season, secondary coach Chris Ash is making the most of his first year spent in Florida. Ash is making sure Iowa State's in the minds of many recruits in the Tampa area.

That includes Chamberlain High cornerback Sean Dixon, a 6-foot, 175-pounder that thinks very highly of the Cyclones.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but they're high on my list as far as me choosing where I'm going to take my visits," said Dixon, an important cog in 9-1 Chamberlain's playmaking defense. "I talked to Coach Ash on Tuesday and told him that Iowa State's the team that's recruiting me the hardest, so they're the best option. But I'm definitely not turning down anybody who calls me. I'm in the process of eliminating some schools."

He received a scholarship offer from ISU earlier in the week, but declined to name any of the other programs that are recruiting him. But Dixon did say he's looking to schedule five official visits out of a pool of roughly 10 schools.

"By the end of December I think I'll have everything narrowed down," he said. "Whenever our season ends, that's when I'm going to start planning visits."

Academics are being looked at strongly, said Dixon.

"My brother just sent me some stuff off the internet their graduation rate," Dixon said. "He's helping me choose from the top 10 schools that I like so far. School is first and foremost. I was looking at Iowa State and I like their program overall as a whole."

Dixon anchors the defensive backfield for Chamberlain, which will attempt to avenge its only loss of the season this weekend against Plant City in the Class 5A playoffs. He recorded six interceptions during the regular season and returned one 40 yards for a touchdown last weekend against East Bay.

"Playing cornerback you've got to have confidence," he said. "When you get out there you've got to be a playmaker and I think I am. You have to have confidence going out there, knowing that you can't have any fear. They put me out on an island. They don't send anybody around me, so I just try to make plays for my team."

His role extends to special teams as well. During the regular season, Dixon blocked three punts to go along with another on a field goal attempt.

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