Dixon Says He will Sign With.....

One of the best linebackers in the country and a talent his coach says should be in heavy contention for "Defensive Player of the Year" honors, David Dixon has made his decision.

The biggest prize in Kansas State's 2005 recruiting class may not ever play for the Wildcats.

For sure, David Dixon must sit out the 2005 season due to academic reasons. After that, the Hutchinson Community College mega-talent says, The NFL has crossed my mind."

Dixon is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker, who runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard-dash, and, oh yes, also serves as a kickoff return man for Hutch.

He's the best I've seen," said Blue Dragon coach Craig Jersild. Athletically, there's no one who compares to him at this level, and not too many at the next.

He's 6-2, 235, runs a 4.4 in his blue jeans, benches whatever you put on the bar, and has a vertical jump of 42 to 44 inches," Jerslid said. And, he's a football player. He's not just one of those guys that tests well. He has a great nose for the ball and plays really fast. He's a specimen. The good Lord has blessed him."

Dixon is a great person," Jerslid added, but he just doesn't like school."

Dixon told The Manhattan Mercury Thursday that he plans to sign a national letter of intent with the Wildcats on Wednesday. Kansas State is the only school recruiting Dixon due to his academic standing.

He confirmed that he would definitely not be eligible to play at Kansas State next year, and is not sure where he will attend school to try to complete his community college graduation.

If accomplished, Dixon, who plans to major in criminal justice, said he would enroll at Kansas State in January of 2006 and have two seasons to complete his two years of eligibility.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, where he was a tailback in high school, Dixon played at Blinn (Texas) Community College in 2003, but didn't like the school."

He transferred to Hutchinson Community College for the 2004 season where he earned Jayhawk Player of the Year honors, a first-team junior college all-America award, and is a candidate for National Defensive Player of the Year honors.

I don't know his stats, but he's a guy you threw out there and knew you were going to get 15 tackles," Jerslid said. I do know he had nine blocked punts. He's a kick-blocking fool."

I just react to the actions of the other guy," Dixon said. It (kick blocks) just seems to be a knack. I can read plays and I'm quicker than most people I play against."

While a native Texan, Dixon said, I never wanted to go to one of those (Texas) school. I love the state, but not the coaches." As for the reasons in his interest in K-State, he said, I really can't tell you."

Dixon admits that it will be tough to sit out the 2005 season, but added, It's tough to enjoy the sunny days if not for the rainy days."

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