Dana Dixon has been hearing from Michigan State and recently saw the Spartans up close, both the program in general and the face of the football team in person.
"I've been in touch with Michigan State a lot," he said. "Michigan State's a pretty cool school." Dixon joined dozens of other recruits at an MSU Junior Day a few weeks ago and got some extra attention from head coach Mark Dantonio.
"I talked to coach Dantonio afterward alone," he said. "It was cool, I got to know him a little better. He's a cool guy."
They talked about being patient with the recruiting process and keeping an open mind. "He knows a lot about the recruiting game," Dixon said. "He gave me some good advice on it, told me to weigh all my options, make sure everything's good with my parents and just pick the school that's best for me."
And that's advice Dixon readily accepts. "I'm still open in the recruiting game," he says, "weighing all my options."
An offer from Northwestern is on the table, but Dixon expects to garner more after he participates in summer camps and more of his highlight films work their way through coaches' offices.
"I had a little bit of tape this year, and the tape that I had was good, but most schools want to see more. So I think, once I go to most of these camps, then come spring and summer, I should be getting a lot more looks."
Through camps, he says there's one thing he's really focused on improving and excelling at to catch recruiters' eyes: "Speed and getting faster. Speed is what's going to me to the (next level.)"
The schools that currently interest Dixon the most, where he gets mail from and could see himself for four or five years, include Michigan State, Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern.
His Northwestern offer is as a receiver, and programs are talking primarily offense for Dixon, but the 6-foot-3, 175-pound athlete does play both ways at Renaissance.
"Last season I played wide receiver and mostly safety, and a little bit of corner. But this year, I want to get more corner in," he said.
Dixon plans on attending Michigan's next Junior Day with some teammates and will also participate in the Scout.com and New Level Athletics 7-on-7 camp later this month in Akron, Ohio.
For fun, Dixon hangs out with friends but finds a lot to do at home as well.
"I have four brothers," he says, explaining their friendly competition in everything from Madden on X-Bob 360 to hoops on the concrete. "My three younger brothers play sports," he says, adding they help keep his legs fresh.
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