Dixon a Top UNC Target

North Carolina's defense, which figures to send a large number of players to the NFL following this coming season, has grabbed the attention of Alex Dixon.

"I love how their defense plays," Dixon said. "A lot of people don't have good defense like they have. They have one of the top defenses in the country, right now. I want to play for a great defense when I go to college."

Dixon, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside, hasn't established a favorite schools list. However, he says UNC, along with South Florida, is a lock to make that list when it's announced towards the end of the summer.

Seventeen schools have offered Dixon a scholarship, including Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He's currently considering all 17, but will narrow his focus to 7 or 8 with the announcement of his favorite schools list.

Dixon then plans to take as many official visits as he can, with his mother and uncle in tow, during the football season.

"I want to try to get it out of the way, so I don't have much stress," Dixon said. "I want to enjoy my senior year."

Shortly after taking his official visits, Dixon expects to be ready to make a verbal commitment.

"[I'm looking for] just wherever I feel comfortable at," Dixon said. "[When I visit] I want to see if I can see myself there. And I want to get a good relationship with the coaches and see how I fit in with the players."

Dixon has already established a strong relationship with a couple of UNC's coaches. He calls Troy Douglas, his primary recruiter and UNC's defensive back coach, weekly and has had several conversations with Butch Davis.

"They ask me how my week is going and how I'm doing and how my family is doing," Dixon said. "They're just telling me how I'm looking on their recruiting board, telling me what they're looking for, and how I fit into their program."

Speaking of their recruiting board, Dixon says Douglas has told him that he's the No. 1 defensive back on UNC's board.

"That means a lot," Dixon said. "That means that they really want me and that they're looking forward to me coming down there. So that shows me how much they really want me."

Dixon would like to visit UNC, as well as Auburn and Tennessee, this summer. However, his transportation situation will likely prevent such trips from taking place during the summer.

"I already told [the UNC coaches] that I was using an official to come down there," Dixon said.

Dixon has also promised official visits to Kentucky and Tennessee.

Dixon has been able to visit Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, and South Florida. He'll return to USF for a seven-on-seven tournament and Florida for "Friday Night Lights."

Since his sophomore season, Dixon has started at cornerback for Countryside. He recorded five interceptions last season.

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