Purdue offers California tight end

Purdue assistant Marcus Freeman worked the west coast this week, and that included a visit just north of Los Angeles to visit -- and later, extend an offer to -- four-star tight end Bryce Dixon. Boiler Sports Report offers the details of the offer and much more.

Growing up just north of sunny Los Angeles, Bryce Dixon hopes his college has a warm climate all year long. However, the four-star tight end is willing to make an exception for Purdue.

On Tuesday, Dixon was visited by Purdue assistant Marcus Freeman, who later extended a scholarship offer. The academic reputation at Purdue is something that caught his attention.

"It's very important," Dixon said of Purdue. "A free degree, you can't pass that up—it's once in a lifetime."

Purdue offers something else which is very important to Dixon; immediate playing time. The Boilermakers graduate three tight ends after this season and the St. Bonaventure (Calif.) standout could be on the field as a true freshman, as Freeman explained to him.

"It stands out a lot, to come in, I'd have a good feeling to play as a true freshman," said Dixon.

Dixon, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, holds offers from Purdue plus Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington.

During a visit in Ventura, Calif., Freeman was able to watch Dixon in a workout, though in-person communication was not permitted. With the offer in hand, now, Dixon is ready to learn more about Purdue.

This summer, Dixon will work to narrow his list of suitors, with campus visits guiding that process along. He hopes to visit West Lafayette, though a visit has not yet been set. Dixon hopes to see a few simple things.

"If I visit Purdue, I'd want to see a beautiful campus and that the people are friendly," he said.

As for the not-so-welcoming weather in Indiana, Dixon feels change could be a good thing.

"I don't mind going out of California at all," he said. "If they have nice weather, it's a plus. If they don't have good weather, it can still even out."

With the pitch of early playing time and strong academics, Dixon holds the Boilermakers in high regard.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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