GRAND PRAIRIE -- Texas Tech has itself a player in Dallas Skyline defensive back Derrick Dixon.
The three-star rated prospect played like much more in Skyline's 28-14 win over Plano in their Class 5A Division I Region II playoff matchup Friday at the Gopher Bowl.
Dixon tallied five tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
"I'm just trying to help the team," said Dixon after the game. "We've got to win any way we can. I love them, we're going to state."
Beyond his production, the Texas Tech commit, who chose the Red Raiders over offers from TCU, Utah, Washington State and West Virginia, showed great leadership abilities. Dixon was constantly communicating with teammates, moving them into the correct positions and imploring them to step up in key situations.
Dixon mostly lined up deep in his safety position, but looked very comfortable in press coverage on the line against slot receivers and tight ends.
The knock on Dixon is size as the defensive back stands just 5-foot-9. Yet, Dixon welcomed contact against a physical opponent in Plano. He cleaned up tackles by delivering punishing blows, rarely took false steps or bad angles and won both challenges for jump balls, picking off a pass late in the game and knocking down another in the second quarter.
When asked about his commitment to Tech, Dixon flashed a grin and threw up a double guns up.
"I love Tech, guns up," Dixon said. "I'm going to visit Tech after the season. I mean I'm from west Texas, I love the area."
Dixon also said he and a bunch of family members were going to the Tech-Baylor game at AT&T Stadium to see both his future team and cousins Ahmad Dixon and Antwan Goodley, who play for Baylor.
Skyline plays Sachse in the Class 5A Division I Region 2 area round 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.
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