Dixon Has Terps In Top 5

2011 prospect Baron Dixon has narrowed his college choices to five and the Terps are in it.

Barron Dixon is finishing his senior year at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga., and then has some trips to make.

Dixon is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman who has helped his Cougars team to an undefeated season going into the state semifinals matchup this weekend.

Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and Maryland are all showing interest in Dixon, and all have offered except Tennessee.

This season, Dixon has been trying to get faster and working on his technique. He jogs daily, focuses on leg workouts in the weight room, and is staying active in his personal fitness class.

The first stop for Dixon is Arkansas on December 10. If Dixon and the Cougars win this weekend, he will have to reschedule this trip to attend his state championship game on the same day.

Dixon is also planning a visit to College Park, and talks to the Terps’ assistant coach Charles Bankins once or twice a week.

Bankins made a visit to Georgia to see Dixon earlier this week.

“He had some questions, and I got a feel for what Maryland wants to do with me,” Dixon said. “He told me depending on how my body plays out. I could possibly be a defensive tackle,” he said, “or if I get a bigger upper body then maybe a run stopper on 1st and 2nd downs.”

Dixon doesn’t mind playing either, but prefers playing tackle in a 4-3 defense and end in a 3-4 scheme.

“After the season I plan on building a lot of muscle, and maybe dropping a good 10 pounds,” Dixon said.

Dixon trains with his defensive lines coach who is also a personal trainer.

The visits to the other schools on his list may have to wait until January, but Dixon has an idea of what he’ll be looking for.

“Most of all, I’m going to be looking at education,” he said. He added that a team’s recruiting class, depth of team and coaches are also important. Since a few schools are undergoing coaching changes, he wants to find a coach he can thrive with for years to come.

“I want to go to a school where I have a good relationship with the coach and he’s not leaving my first or second year,” said Dixon.

When Dixon heard that coach Ralph Friedgen and Danny Obrien won ACC honors, he said, “That is something to know. That’s impressive.”

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