4-star CB Dixon has USF Among the Top

Replenishing the secondary is a priority for the USF staff. Ricardo Dixon, one of the top defensive back prospects in the state has over 20 scholarship offers could fit the bill perfectly. Read on to see which schools stand out to Hallandale star, and why he's high on the Bulls. Stay informed with USFNation.com

In a state known for top-level corner prospects, Ricardo Dixon from Hallandale HS, (Fla.) is a talented corner prospect that is quickly becoming one of the top defensive backs for 2009. Dixon is a very aggressive cover corner, and has the speed and potential to be a top lockdown corner as well. As Junior he recorded 50 tackles, 1 INT, with 30 pass break-ups, and is everything the Bulls look for in a corner.

"Things have been going great," said Dixon. "I've just been practicing and working out."

When USFNation last spoke with Dixon he was a 3-star prospect with several offers, but since the spring evaluation period the 6'0-176 pound DB is now a 4-star prospect rated the 21st best at the position, and things have really heated up.

"I'm taking it all one day at a time." said Dixon. "All my friends have said by the time your senior year hits, everything will get real hectic. Teams will start calling, texting, and e-mailing a lot. But it's already getting really hectic, and  right now I'm taking it all in."

As of now, the 4-star prospect has over 20 offers, but out of all those offers, has a list of his top ten schools.

"My top ten in order are; USF, South Carolina, Florida State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Rutgers, UCF, Tennessee, Boston College and Georgia."

With a very impressive list of programs, Dixon told USFNation.com what he likes about his top choices.

USF: "USF is just a real good organization. They're building a good program at the school, and just need to get the athletes and stuff to make them a top contender. I just like the coaching staff and we have a real good relationship, especially with Coach Scott. He's a real cool guy and he tells me everything the way it is. He tells me if I come to the school, and a couple of players follow me, they could be a championship team. He tells me if I see the school, I'd love it, and I'm looking forward to visiting there on June 20th."

South Carolina: "I like Coach Gillespie, he's a good guy too. He tells me if I need anything or just want to talk about anything to call him. I call him sometimes and we talk about what ever, we communicate well and keep in touch. I'm planning on going up there on June 27th."

Florida State: "With Florida State, I like the coaches, they're real good. I talk a lot with Coach Amato, Coach Andrews and when I went up there, they were truthful with me and I really felt like I fit in."

Dixon did state that all the schools in his top ten are in the mix, and that it could change at any time especially after he takes visits, but did say what he is looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for a school with good academics, and every school that has offered me and I'm interested in has that. I'm also looking for a home away from home for four years. I want a place where I fit in and have no problems. I also want stable coaching with out any changes anytime soon. Last I'd like a chance to come in and play a little early."

With such a solid list of major programs offering, what put the Bulls at the top?

"It's been a shifting process between USF, S. Carolina, and FSU. They are my top schools, and have all been my number one at some point," said Dixon. "During the spring I evaluated all the schools, and they've shifted a lot, but right now USF is sticking out."

The 4-star defensive back rated the 21st best at the corner position knows what makes him a top corner.

"On defense I'm aggressive, and am a lock down corner with speed, and like to be challenged. Before a game I tell my coach that I want to go against their best receiver. I don't do it all of the time because I don't want to be a hog, and want to give the younger players on my team an opportunity."

Dixon however is also a solid special team's player. He can be a return man, cover kicks, punts and can also block punts and kicks.

"If I'm on special teams or on offense and you put the ball in my hands I'm a play maker. Last year I returned two kick-offs for scores and one punt return for a TD."

His ability to perform well on defense and special teams makes him a highly coveted recruit, and the type of player the Bulls would love to have.

Currently Dixon has already visited Florida State, and has unofficial visits set with USF on the 20th and S. Carolina on the 27th, but Dixon told USFNation that he thinks he may be going to several team camps, and hasn't set any official visits yet. He also said he would like to make his decision in the middle of his senior season.

Stay tuned to USFNation.com for further updates with Ricardo and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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