Dixon Talks Gopher Verbal

With just a couple weeks until Signing Day, the Minnesota staff is still busy building their 2013 class. They added the newest member of the group on Friday as Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge linebacker Rayfield Dixon picked the Gophers over offers from Tulane, Louisville, and West Virginia.

Dixon, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, gave his commitment to the Minnesota staff on Firday, something he was ecstatic to do.

"It feels real good to know that I'm going to be able to go up there and play at Minnesota and play for coach [Jerry] Kill and coach [Bill] Miller and the rest of the Gopher coaching staff," he said. "I'm really excited. I'm ready to get started, ready to work. [I] can't wait."

The talented athlete was deciding between West Virginia and the Gophers as his final two schools.

"Thursday night I wasn't really sure what school I was going to go to; West Virginia or Minnesota," he said. "Friday morning I had Minnesota in my mind and it just felt right. When I got to school I called West Virginia to thank them for everything and I enjoyed it. West Virginia was happy for me and everything. They told me that I'll go far and to keep grinding. Then I called Coach Kill to let him know."

As expected, the Minnesota coaches were thrilled to hear the news.

"Coach Miller was real excited, real happy," said Dixon. "Coach Kill and everybody on the coaching staff was doing cartwheels and back flips. They were real excited. They can't wait to get me up there."

The Gopher staff was one of the main things that Dixon liked about playing for the University of Minnesota.

"I like the way the coaching staff is," he said. "I connected with Coach Miller and Coach Kill real good. I feel that I bonded with the players the a lot easier at Minnesota. They're on the rise and the program is going up and I want to be apart of that. That's why I chose Minnesota."

With Signing Day approaching, Dixon is done taking visits and is firmly committed to the Gophers.

"I'm finished with them," he said of taking more visits.

Once Dixon gets on campus, he feels that he will be a great compliment to an improving Minnesota defense.

"I'll fit in real good," he said. "I've got speed. I'm physical. I can rush around the edge with my speed. I can cover real good on the slot receiver and the running back swinging out. It's nothing new. I'll fit in great."

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