Dixon, a 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker from Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma, had a conversation with Robert Prunty, Hargrave's head football coach, a couple of months ago.
"I feel good about everything," Dixon said. "I'll just go down there and do what I've got to do. Hargrave is not a bad place and will help me out in so many areas that I need help on – that's why I wasn't even mad when they said I had to go to Hargrave. It's going to help me out in the long run in life and football."
Dixon doesn't know when he'll enroll at Hargrave.
Spending a semester at Hargrave means that Dixon's recruitment will reopen. He says there's a "99.9-percent" chance that he'll re-sign with UNC.
"My whole thing is ‘Never shut anybody out,'" Dixon said. "So yea, I'm going to listen to [other schools], but I'm not going anywhere but North Carolina."
Dixon added that looking into Auburn, which recently hired his former UNC primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen, hasn't even crossed his mind.
"I'm just ready to get to Carolina and play college ball," Dixon said. "I'll do my semester down [in Hargrave] and then I'll report at Carolina. That's all I can say for right now."