Detroit safety excited about Louisville offer

Needing major help on defense, Louisville offered talented Detroit Renaissance safety Dana Dixon this week. Dixon, who has big-time talent, was excited to receive the offer and says he has strong interest in the Cardinals. What does Dixon think about Louisville? Will he visit the Cardinals this summer? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Needing major help on defense, Louisville offered talented Detroit Renaissance safety Dana Dixon this week. Dixon, who has big-time talent, was excited to receive the offer and says he has strong interest in the Cardinals.

"I'm real excited about the Louisville offer," Dixon said. "This is my second offer so I'm really excited. I want to get to know the coaches a little more and I'm supposed to call Coach (Eric) Lewis tonight. This will be my first conversation with him. It was a little bit of a surprise to get the offer. I knew they were looking and I noticed the mail had been picking up from them recently."

Dixon also holds an offer from Northwestern, who is recruiting the 6-3, 180-standout at wide receiver. Dixon said he's not too familiar with Louisville but that he soon will be.

"I'm not very familiar with them yet but I will in the next couple days," Dixon said. "I've watched them on TV and I know that they are a great football team and have a great program. But I need to know a little bit more about the school."

"I know Louisville is very high on Dana's list," said Renaissance coach Antoine Edwards. "They were high before they even offered and getting the offer definitely puts them up on the list. He's yet to see the campus down there but I know he's going to like it because I've been down there a few times. He's definitely going to get down there for a visit this summer to meet the coaching staff in person and see the campus. And he probably will attend a one-day camp. He's very excited about (Louisville's) offer."

Dixon plays both defensive back and wide receiver in high school. Not only does he possess tremendous size he's also fast, clocking a 4.49 in the forty.

"As a player, his number one strength is his intelligence," Renaissance coach Antoine Edwards said. "He's a very intelligent player and able to diagnosis things very well – quarterback tendencies. His next two greatest assets are his height and his speed."

"He's a really fast kid," Edwards said. "He's a track runner. He's just a great all-around athlete. He's an inner-city kid that played 10 years of hockey and was a baseball player. Every sport he played he excelled at. He has tremendous upside. He's a really tough kid and he has legitimate ability to play cornerback and take people's best receiver out of the game. He's a great weapon for us."

"As a defensive back I think I have great speed," Dixon said. "I have good ball skills when the ball is in the air and I get interceptions. I've got great hips at the corner spot and I'm looking to pick up my corner techniques this year."

Though Dixon caught 17 passes, including eight for touchdowns as a junior, Edwards thinks Dixon's future will be on defense at the next level. At safety, Dixon recorded 40 tackles, intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

"He did a lot with a limited amount of opportunities," Edward said. "But I like him at defensive back. There are not too many athletes with his hips and looseness that can turn and run and close. He should be great. Whatever school he goes to will get a no-nonsense type of kid. He's very, very coachable and he loves to win."

While there seems little doubt Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English, a former assistant at Michigan, has played a role in identifying Dixon as a Louisville prospect, assistant Eric Lewis is the point-man for the Cardinals recruitment of the Motown standout.

"I have direct contact with Coach Lewis," Edwards said. "But I think Ron English has a lot to do with his recruitment coming from Michigan because he knows about him and he had a couple of my kids at Michigan. Coach Lewis feels he has the skills to help get that defense on track down there."

Dixon said he's looking for a combination of academics, winning football and a good coaching staff in a potential college.

"If Louisville gets Dana they're going to get a guy that's going to make an impact I promise that," Edwards said. "He's not going to be a backup. He's going to be a two or three year starter and be a tremendous asset. It's a good situation and I know he was excited about it."

Dixon plans to camp at Michigan State and the Nike Camp this summer. He also likely will visit Louisville. "My mom is excited about this recruiting stuff," Dixon said. "Once I tell her about the offer she will probably want to go for a visit."


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