Dixon's 'Ready To Be A Tar Heel'

Nearly a year after verbally committing, Justin Dixon finally officially became a part of North Carolina's 2009 recruiting class on Wednesday.

"I've been waiting a year, so it's fun [to actually sign]," Dixon said. "I'm ready to be a Tar Heel."

Dixon, a 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker from Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma, was among the five recruits that verbally committed to UNC during the February Junior Day event. The quintet set the foundation for a recruiting class ranked in the top 10 nationally.

"It's crazy," Dixon said. "It seemed like when me and D.J. [Bunn] committed, they were like ‘Man, we got to get on board.' And we tried to get everybody to go ahead and commit."

It was easy for Dixon to sell UNC to his fellow recruits.

"The coaching staff just made me feel at home," Dixon said. "It's important for anybody knowing they're going to spend the next four years at a school, it's got to be like your home. That's how I felt when I went down there."

The family atmosphere was at an all-time high this past weekend when Dixon officially visited UNC.

"This whole weekend had not really been about football," Dixon said. "We talked about football, but basically it was about family and things outside of football."

The coaching staff has talked very little about how they plan to use Dixon. Regardless, Dixon is determined to earn playing time this fall.

"Just like anybody, I don't want to be red-shirted," Dixon said. "But I know it depends on how I play. I'm not looking to be red-shirted. If I don't get a spot on defense, I know I can get on special teams. With my ability, I feel like I have a good chance to come in and start."

After taking the winter sports season off, Dixon will participate in track this spring for the first time. He plans to run the 100- and 200-meter dash, as well as throw the shot put.

Dixon is waiting the results of his most recent SAT to see where things stand regarding his academic qualification.

If everything works out academically, Dixon plans to enroll at UNC in the second semester of summer school.

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