Vols pick up big time Texas safety

Tennessee's reputation of being a school that recruits on a national level lived up to that reputation Saturday when one of the top athletes in the state of Texas decided to become a Volunteer. The chance to play for defensive guru Monte Kiffin and a Lane Kiffin-led team was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Go "Inside" this free read to see why Ahmad Dixon pledged with UT.

Former Baylor commitment wanted a chance to talk to his hometown college coaches before making his announcement official.

Instead the news got out and Ahmad Dixon confirmed that he had indeed made a pledge to the University of Tennessee.

"Yes I have committed to Tennessee," Dixon told Scout.com after the Army All-American game Saturday afternoon. "I wanted to tell the Baylor coaching staff before the news got out; that didn't happen."

Dixon fell in love with Knoxville and the Vols coaching staff on his official visit. Ever since that visit Dixon has been trying to get his parents to take the trip east to see Rocky Top, and he hopes that will take place in the next couple of weeks.

Dixon was truly impressed with his Rocky Top experience.

"All the great people there are incredible," Dixon said. "The game day atmosphere was unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it. Tennessee is a good fit for me."

Dixon also got to meet one of the Vols future NFL players.

"I got to spend a lot of time with the great Eric Berry," Dixon said. "He is such a great person and a great player. I would love to follow Berry at UT. I like my chances of going to UT and playing for those great defensive gurus in Knoxville."

Dixon is ranked as a five-star safety by Scout.com and is rated as the No. 3 safety in the nation.

With the early departure of Berry and perhaps Dennis Rogan, Dixon was definitely a high priority for the Vol coaching staff.

Veteran Coach Willie Mack Garza, Dixon's future position coach, is responsible for recruiting the state of Texas.

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