ND in Dixon's Top-3

Notre Dame has two cornerback commitments already for the 2011 recruiting class, but they might want to add a third. One prospect the Irish have had their eye on is Eric Dixon from C. F. Vigor High School (Prichard, Ala.)

Eric Dixon (6-foot-0, 170-pounds) hasn't had a chance to speak with many coaches the past couple months, but it isn't that he hasn't wanted to. Notre Dame is one of those schools, but he's hoping to get a chance to speak with Notre Dame assistant coach Tony Alford in the coming weeks.

"It's been a while since we talked, because my phone has been acting up," Dixon replied when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "We (Coach Alford and I) get along real well. He came to visit me, and we've talked. He said that I keep myself up real well and he thinks that I can become something, because he said that he could see it in my eyes. I can trust him and he said some nice things about Notre Dame.

"I like them. They still have a chance to get a good look from me. I'm still open-minded right now. I think I'm going to wait until the fall and make an official visit up there. My recruiting coach is coach Alford.

Dixon has six scholarship offers: Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, South Florida, South Alabama, and Louisiana Tech. He's also receiving strong interest from Auburn, Alabama, Michigan and Miami.

"My top three are Louisville, Notre Dame and Kentucky." Dixon said. "I was talking to all three of them on a regular basis and getting real close to them. We'd talked about what I wanted to major in, and other things like that.

"I know Notre Dame is one of the top schools for academics, so I know if I don't make it in football, my education will back me up. I know Notre Dame graduates 97 percent of their athletes.

"Louisville, me and coach (Mike) Groh talk about a lot of things," he said. "I want to major in engineering, so we talked about their engineering program. He just wants me to come up there and talk to some of the athletes that are majoring in engineering and tell me how it is and what they go through.

"At Kentucky, I've been talking to coach Tee Martin. He told me that Lexington is a nice city and a nice place to be. They have a good engineering program and that a lot of their guys want to major in engineering. He said that they give them a lot of tutoring so they can keep their grades up and make sure they get their degree before they leave college.

Although all three schools are more than a short drive from home, Eric's would like to strike balance between school and the gridiron.

"For me it's a combination of education and football, because football won't last forever, so I'll need something to fall back on," he explained. "My family wants me to go to the school where I'm going to fit in best. They want me to just make the best decision for me. My mom says that she doesn't care how far it is."

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