Signee Update: Alex Dixon

In some capacity, North Carolina signee Alex Dixon expects to see the field during his freshman season.

"They already told me I'm going to see playing time [as a freshman]," Dixon said. "Coach [Everett] Withers told me they aren't red-shirting me – hopefully he lives up to that. They told me they'll use me on special teams and they told me they'll have me at cornerback. I just have to win a starting spot."

Dixon, a Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside product, is thrilled with the opportunity he's about to face.

"I'm excited about getting back in Chapel Hill and putting that helmet on and just competing," Dixon said. "I'm excited, but at the same time I know what my goals are and what I want to accomplish.

"First, I want to win a starting position. To do that, I'll have to get on the field and into the mix and make big plays for my team."

In preparation for accomplishing his goals, Dixon, who decided against running track this spring, is working out with a personal trainer. The trainer incorporates his workout with the regimen UNC sent Dixon.

"Most of the stuff we've been doing is already in the book [UNC sent me]," Dixon said. "My trainer told me to keep on doing our thing. We're doing the workouts that are already in [UNC's] book, but basically we're doing our own thing still."

Dixon, who played his senior football season at 175 pounds, is up to 185 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame.

"[The UNC coaches] told me they were going to get me up to 200 [pounds], at least," Dixon said. "But my goal is to at least get up to 190 when I get on campus."

During his high school career, Dixon sported jersey No. 23, which is worn by sophomore linebacker Darius Lipford at UNC. Dixon says he'll wear No. 16 at UNC.

"I was trying to get No. 6, but 16 is close enough," Dixon said. "I don't really care what number I get, but 16 is a good number."

Once a week, Troy Douglas, who recruited Dixon for UNC, speaks to either Dixon or his mother.

"[Douglas] just asks me how I'm doing, if I'm staying focused in the classroom, working out, and ready to come up there and play," Dixon said.

Douglas has paired Dixon with fellow Floridian Sam Smiley to room together.

"I had met [Smiley] up there during the spring game," Dixon said. "But that was my first time meeting him, though."

In addition to meeting Smiley, the spring game visit provided Dixon an opportunity to be on campus for the first time since his official visit in November and see his future teammates in action.

"It was good," Dixon said. "It was a nice crowd and nice weather. And the team looked like they were ready for the season. I'm ready to come out and show what I have."

When he arrives on campus on June 13, Dixon plans to major in physical therapy.

"Playing football and being an athlete I want to know about my body, just in case I do get injured," Dixon said. "And I'd like to know the little things about getting hurt so I can prevent it and if I do get injured what I'll have to do to heal."

Dixon says the NCAA Clearinghouse projects him as a qualifier.

"I'm pretty much there," Dixon said. "I just have to finish out a couple of classes and I'll be good."

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