The following information was revealed during our interview with Anthony Dixon:
Which camps have you been to so far and where
do you go from here? "I went to the Scout (Starkville) and Nike combines
(Oxford) this past Spring. This summer, I went to Ole Miss' Sr and Passing camps,
and then I went to USM's Passing Camp. I sprained my MCL last year, and I had
surgery right after the Southern Mississippi camp. It was not a big deal. They
just cleaned up some loose stuff in my knee. My MCL was wearing down because I
play all three sports, so it never gets a rest. I am just now getting back to
running full speed. My knee hurt when I went side to side, but it feels great
now. I feel nothing when I cut. I had a sharp pain every time I cut the past couple
of years. I just did not want to tell my coaches. That was the wrong thing for
me to do, to not tell them, but I did not want them to hold me out of the games
or camps. I missed most of my sophomore year with a broken collar bone and then
I messed my ankle up, so I practically did not play my sophomore year. Going into
my junior year, I was determined to not let any injury hold me back, so I played
through the pain. Now I feel great. I can not worry about going to anymore camps
this summer because I need to concentrate on my school work and getting my leg
back to 100%."
Out of all of the camps and combines you attended;
where did you perform the best? "The people who went there said I did best
at the Ole Miss passing camp because of the way I caught the ball. They did not
know I could catch like that, but I use to play WR before RB. I would have won
MVP but our team did not win enough games. Our team is young. Me and another dude
are the only ones who played last year."
When did you play WR? "I
use to play WR in the 8th grade and on own down, like the 7th, 6th and 5th grades.
I use to split, like a WR and RB. We did hand off sweeps and stuff like that.
That was my first year at Terry."
Which colleges are keeping up with
you the most? "Ole Miss and LSU show me the most interest. I believe they
keep up with me the hardest."
Which coach or college staff have you
developed the tightest bond with? "I would have to say the Ole Miss coaching
staff because I talk to them more than anybody else. Coach Hughes' (Ole Miss assistant)
son, Jamison, played ball with my little brother for a few years at Byrum. I have
known Coach Hughes since I was a kid. That is why I have a better bond with Ole
Miss because I know their coaches personally."
Which colleges are
now at the top of your list? "The ones I am interested in the most? I like
LSU a lot, and I like Ole Miss and Mississippi State a lot. Them three are the
ones I like the most because I talk to their coaches quite a bit when they were
calling. The conversations I have with them are deeper than recruiting. The other
schools just want recruiting information, but them three, they want to know me
personally. The others are not on a personal level. I think they are interested
in me, but they did not go on that level."
Which colleges have now
offered you a scholarship? "Ole Miss, MSU, USM, LSU, Iowa State, and Alabama."
do you most like about Ole Miss? "Probably just the fact that they are the
flagship school for my state. They were doing good on the football field, but
they had a bad year last seaosn..Even with that, they keep producing good football
players. And now they have brought in some coaches that have been winning. That
is probably the three things that jump out at me."
What are LSU's
positives? "They are a winning school that are doing good things. I know
they already have a lot of talent there. If I were just stuck on winning, I know
that is where I would want to go, but I am looking at some other things too."
other factors are you looking at? "When I go on my visits, I want to see
how I fit in with their players. If I do not fit in, I would not be able to do
my best because they would not have my back. I am not necessarily looking at playing
time, but I want an opportunity to play. But playing time is not one of the big
What attracts you to MSU? "They were my favorite instate
team growing up. I use to go down to a lot of their games, and I know some of
their players. I know their new coach is going to get the best out of their players.
That kind of sticks out to me. But it is the same way with all three of them schools.
I know their coaches are going to get the best out of me, so that really is not
Did you have a chance to retake the ACT test? "Yes
sir, I did. I made a 17 on the last one. I went to some workshops and it really
helped. Last year, I started taking school a lot more seriously, and I did really
good. My sophomore year was terrible. I was out the whole season with injuries,
and I was just down and out. My grades showed. But then my junior year, I saw
that I could get somewhere playing football, so I knew I needed to get my grades
straight. I will have to take six classes my senior year. The rest of the seniors
will only have to take five, so I will be at school all day. When everybody is
out for lunch during 5th period, I will be in class, but that is OK. I did it
to myself. The big thing is that I will have my grades and get to go D1. Not everyone
can learn from their lessons and still succeed. I feel like God has blessed me."
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