Dixon Earns Wolfpack Offer

Cary (NC) Green Hope standout Bryce Dixon committed to Old Dominion last month after weighing offers from the Monarchs and Boston College.

Cary (NC) Green Hope standout Bryce Dixon committed to Old Dominion last month after weighing offers from the Monarchs and Boston College.

"I wanted to stay closer to home," said Dixon. "I want my family to be able to come to my games."

Old Dominion is recruiting Dixon at wide receiver, the position he plays for his high school, and a position he plays well. As a junior he was terrific, totaling 70+ catches for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns as his team finished 10-3.

However, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has started working out at another position in hopes of earning more offers: tight end. Switching from wide receiver to tight end is obviously an adjustment that Dixon is dealing with.

"It's been pretty easy so far," he said. "The biggest difference is running out of a three-point stance. I have to work on my releases and that's what I have to get used to. The routes are the same and obviously I have to learn how to block better."

On Sunday and Monday he camped at North Carolina and NC State respectively, working out at tight end. He started out in Chapel Hill.

"I've been able to gain more weight and could add even more," said Dixon. "The coaches at North Carolina felt if I was going to get an offer it would be at tight end and they felt I could help them in that way."

Dixon stated that he measured in at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds at North Carolina's camp and ran a 4.68 40-yard dash.

"Carolina said that they would have to see," Dixon said regarding an offer. "They don't know how long it would take and they would probably know about two games into the season or as early as in the next three weeks."

He then made the short drive over to NC State on Monday to work out for the Wolfpack. What did he think of his experience?

"I loved it at NC State," he said. "NC State has always been one of my favorite schools. It felt right being there, and I was comfortable. I also really connected with my position coach.

"Coach Faulkner, the tight ends coach, was really nice and he's personable. He connects with the players. I like how he pushes you. He's not too hard on you, but he gets his point across."

NC State extended Dixon an offer after camp, and he added that he also ran a 4.68 at NC State while impressing the coaches with his play during drills and 7-on-7 action.

"We were doing the 7-on-7 and coach Faulkner pulled me out of the huddle," said Dixon. "We went to the indoor practice facility and coach Doeren was there. They told me that they've known about me for a long time and know how much potential I have at tight end. They like what I bring to the table so they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

NC State is expected to sign two tight ends in the 2016 recruiting class and already has offers out to several other targets.

"I think they have three or four offers out to tight ends right now," said Dixon. "Coach said they have some scholarships out there and just wanted to let me know that I have to keep that in mind on that going forward. They didn't want to pressure me or anything, but there are some offers out there on the table."

Where does Dixon's recruitment stand right now?

"I have a lot of thinking to do," he said, laughing. "My family is a big part of it, and I want my family to come to the games. ODU was the closest that had offered, but now NC State has offered. It's a hard decision, but it's one that I have to make.

"I just want to go back to NC State one more time with my family and talk to the coaches again... see how things are with my family. I'm going to Georgia this weekend so it would probably be Sunday afternoon when I get back or maybe sometime this week before I go."

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