Dixon commits to the Heels

<i>Inside Carolina</i> has learned that UNC has secured its third commitment from the Class of 2005, as rising senior defensive back Bryan Dixon, from Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus, pledged for the Tar Heels.

"I was really excited when they offered," Dixon said. "It was the offer that I have been waiting for."

The much-awaited scholarship offer from the Carolina coaching staff occurred Saturday at UNC's football camp.

"It happened at camp yeasterday," Dixon said. "I talked with Coach [Hal] Hunter (his primary recruiter), Coach [Marvin] Sanders (his position coach), and Coach [John] Bunting. We were all pretty excited about that."

Dixon had a big year on both sides of the ball for South Columbus as a junior with six interceptions. He also ran for 995 yards and tallied about 700 yards receiving, at about a 24 yards per catch clip in 2003, with a total of 25 touchdowns.

"He never came off the field," said SCHS head coach Joey Price said, "except I didn't have him return kickoffs, because I didn't want people getting a free shot at him."

Dixon consistently runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range and had his vertical leap measured at 37 inches.

Dixon had been previously offered by Duke and East Carolina, while receiving interest from N.C. State, Clemson, Wake Forest and Maryland.

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