"I thought I really stood out in the position drills," Bryan Dixon told StateFans. "I was trying to stay close to the receivers, keep my balance, and read what their routes were."
"In my opinion, I don't think anyone can beat me in man coverage," he added. "When we have big games and play good receivers I always lock them down. Most teams just don't even throw to my side anymore."
Physically, Bryan looked like a man amongst boys during drills. Blessed with long arms, broad shoulders, and thick legs, he locked down receivers all day, yielding only one completion in the workouts. He uses his hands well to bump receivers, has the agility to stick with wideouts, and most impressively his ball skills allowed him to win battles in the air time after time.
During testing Dixon had one of the camp's top 40-yard marks, posting a 4.48 on his second run, and finished with the camp's top vertical jump mark, 37 inches. At 5-10 and 185 pounds he projects nicely as a cornerback or safety on the next level. He also received some positive feedback from the Shrine Bowl coaches regarding his performance.
"I talked to the Head Coach who was at the Shrine Bowl. He told my coach that he already had seen me play and likes what I can do. We gave him some more game film so I think there's a good chance I'll make it."
Although a Shrine Bowl invitation is not a certainty, it's almost a guarantee that Bryan will be on a college roster in 2005 as he already has scholarship offers and is attracting heavy interest.
"[North] Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest, and East Carolina are all recruiting me right now. Duke and East Carolina have already offered the full scholarships, and I think the others are going to at some point."
As for a a favorite, Dixon has always liked the North Carolina Tar Heels.
"Carolina has always been the school I've wanted to go to. It's where I've wanted to go to since I was little, and I wanted to stay in the Carolinas. Coach Hunter is recruiting me for them, and he's done a good job."
Another team that could be a major player in his recruitment is the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
"N.C. State's my second choice right now, and I really like them too. They have a good coaching staff, and I know some of the players a little bit. I played against two of them in high school, and I liked how they played."
Acknowledging a preference to stay close to home, Bryan plans to gauge the interest from his favorites this summer, when he will camp at North Carolina and N.C. State.
"I'm going to wait it out and see who all offers me, and then make my decision from there."
Player Notes: Bryan rushed for 995 yards, added 700 yards receiving (nearly 24 YPC), and 25 total touchdowns while playing running back and wide receiver on offense for South Columbus.
Defensively he finished with over 60 tackles and 4 interceptions, returning one pick for a touchdown.
The Stallions finished 11-2 on the season, losing to Burlington (NC) Cummings in the state 2A playoffs.