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Lufkin, Texas defensive end McKinner Dixon update.

McKINNER DIXON, DE, 6'3, 240, 4.53, LUFKIN, TEXAS:

McKinner Dixon is another fantastic athlete out of Lufkin, Texas, who despite his size can fly on the field and is almost impossible to block off the edge. However, that is in theory, because at the moment he lines up inside at Lufkin.

"I play played defensive tackle last year," said Dixon. "In the spring, I worked at defensive end, but they are moving back inside for the season. I am alright with this in high school, because I figured out that I actually get more action and make more tackles at defensive tackle than I would at defensive end. I saw that in high school, but I realize because of my size that I will have to move to defensive end in college."

Dixon is a three-year starter who finished last season with 79 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and two passes batted down. Dixon can bench 360 pounds, squats 550 and he has a 28-inch vertical jump. He runs the spring relay on the track team and throws the shot (57). Dixon has stayed in Lufkin all summer to work in the weigh room, and he has earned 14 scholarship offers thus far.

"I have put my recruiting to the side so that I can focus on my senior season," said Dixon. "Don't get me wrong, because I do have a few favorites. I like Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Florida.

"I have talked to Coach (Darrell) Wyatt and he is a down-to-earth, cool guy. I would love to go to Oklahoma because they always win and always have a great team. That would be a great situation to be a part of."

Are there any favorites?

"I don't have a favorite right now, and I really don't have a top five. Those schools are showing me most interest right now. During the football season I will determine my top five and then start taking visits. I don't think I will take five visits, probably three and then I will make my decision. I am definitely going to visit Florida and probably Nebraska for sure. But first and foremost I have to visit Oklahoma. If I don't go anywhere else I have to go to Oklahoma."


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