Defensive back Alex Dixon, from Countryside HS (FL), is one of the bigger cornerback prospects in the state of Florida for the class of 2011. At 6-1 and 180-pounds with 4.6 speed schools have taken notice of the Countryside star as he's amassed an impressive list of offers.
"I have 17 offers now," said Dixon. "I have offers from Pitt, Auburn, North Carolina, USF, Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Florida State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Nebraska, Kentucky, Colorado, Purdue, Iowa State, Western Kentucky and FIU. I've heard that I'm on Alabama's radar and they may be offering, but right now it's just rumors so I don't know."
The 6'1-180 pound Dixon who will be a 4-year starter recorded 5 interceptions for Countryside last season and with the spring evaluation period over Dixon said he doesn't have a leader at this time.
"I'm pretty open and don't have a favorite right now," said Dixon. "I'm still learning about all the schools that have offered me."
With an impressive double-digit offers list from some of the top programs in the country Dixon says this summer he plans on trimming his list down to the group he'll be focusing on this fall.
"I'm planning on trimming my list by the end of the summer, so I'll know by the time I go back to school which schools are in my top list," said Dixon. "I want to sit down with my mother and uncle and go over all the schools and trim it down."
"I'm looking at academics, my relationship with the coaches and playing time," said Dixon. "I like to have at least a top 6 or 7 by the time school starts.
With interest from just about every major program in the southeast and beyond will the hometown Bulls make the coveted defensive back's top seven?
"Oh yeah they'll be in there," said Dixon, "I already told Coach Smith that USF is one of the schools that I'm considering."
Dixon talks about what makes USF one of the schools that he is considering?
"Their interest level in me for one, and they tell me that I have a great shot to come in and start as a true freshman if I come in and work hard. They got great coaches and have put out some big DBs over the last few years. Their coaches are pretty close with my mom, and that's big.
With USF being the local school Dixon has been able to visit USF several times and that could be a factor down the road.
"I like the campus and facilities, they're real nice," said Dixon." With them being so close it would be easy for my family and everybody to come and see me play, and that's always a good thing."
Being local has its advantages for the Bulls as Dixon was on campus to watch Countryside's JV team who was competing in first session of the USF Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 a few weeks back. Dixon didn't play but was there to cheer his team on, and to get tom know the Bulls staff even better.
"That was fun," said Dixon. "I got to hang with the DB Coach Smith most of the time. We were going over some of their plays and calls and stuff, and he told me what they are looking for in a DB. He said they really like my combination of size and speed, and is really looking forward to me coming back for a visit."
"Coach Smith is a cool coach, and knows a lot about football," said Dixon. "I've actually known him for awhile and we have a good relationship."
"I'm planning on going to the USF SuperBull camp and to the next 7-on7 in July, I'm also planning on going to Friday Night lights," said Dixon. "I'm really looking forward to going camping."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updted on Alex Dixon and the rest of the 2011 recruiting class.