TTU Verbal McKinner Dixon Still Firm?

Lufkin DT <b>McKinner Dixon</b> -- Texas Hot 100 No. 14 -- is arguably the top prize in the Lone Star State for Texas Tech's '05 recruiting class. The 4-star lineman's rough-and-rumble style of play his junior season at defensive tackle and senior season at defensive end, shows a little versatility to his game. He's definitely a catch, and for anybody. We caught up with Dixon to talk commitment status, specifically the solidity of his pledge to join the Red Raiders in '05...<p>

McKinner Dixon picked Texas Tech over offers to play DL for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Kansas State, etc…

Reading like a "Who's Who" list of schools on almost every kid's College Dream Team List, Dixon could have gone to a number of other top programs, however, he wanted the challenge of taking Texas Tech to a southern division championship, like the opportunity the '02 version of the Red Raiders had when they were in the position – with one more Big 12 South win (over the Sooners to be exact) – to play for the Big 12 Championship and an automatic BCS bowl berth.

"When I went to Texas Tech on my official visit it really felt like home," Dixon said. "And it was just really cool up there; the people up there were cool. I want to be a part of that and help them win a championship."

So would he describe his verbal commitment to TTU as being firm? Has he given any consideration to taking additional official visits?

"It's firm," Dixon said. "It might as well be on paper. If I could sign right now, I'd sign. I don't think I'm going to take any more visits."

It's blue-chippers like the 6-3, 245-pound Dixon (played at 260 his junior season as a DT) who can make plays in the running/passing game that really excite you. Given the above, the Texas Tech coaches have told Dixon they see him making an impact as early as next year.

"They told me they want me to come in June ready to play. They said they want me to come up there and get on the weights and get ready to go."

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