Recruiting: McKinner Dixon Setting Up Visits

Lufkin DE McKinner Dixon, projected as a DT on the next level, is one to watch, evidenced by his No. 14 ranking in the September edition of the Texas Hot 100. He's set up two official visits and mentions three others likely to land him for a weekend of fun. We have that breaking news for you, and more, below...

"I have an official visit set up for Nebraska (Turner Gill) and Kansas State (Bob Stanley) in December," McKinner Dixon said. "I'll go to one December 10-12 (Fri.-Sun.) and the other December 14-16 (Tue.-Thur.) I can't remember the exact date for either school, but it'll be those two dates in December."

The other three teams tentatively set up for the remaining three slots are as follows: "Florida State (Kevin Steele), Texas Tech (Bill Bedenbaugh) and Oklahoma (Darrell Wyatt)".

Dixon on the Seminoles: "I'll probably set up an official visit to Florida State. I don't think I'll go there, but I'd like to visit and see if it might be somewhere I'd seriously consider. Just have to go see it."

On the Red Raiders: "I think I'll probably go up there sometime in January. I can't get to Texas Tech easily, it's about an 8- or 9-hour drive. I talk to Coach Bedenbaugh all the time and he wants me to come up there and check it out."

On the Sooners: "I talked to OU and they said they don't care what school I decide to go to, but that they just want me to see Oklahoma before I do anything. So, I'm going to take an official visit there."

Not on the official visit slate are the in-state Texas Longhorns, a team that has led for the Lufkin DT's verbal for a couple of months now.

"Texas is close enough that I can drive down there," Dixon said. "I've already been there a few times. I'll probably take an unofficial visit. I want to go see a game and we can treat that like an official."

Asked what had the Horns remaining in the lead, the 6-3, 245-pounder said, "Because out of all the schools recruiting me, they act like they want me the most. Actually, Texas Tech does too. Tech definitely sends me the most, but Texas is right there with them."

High School Notes: We project Dixon to be a freak at DT. His wide-body frame is perfect for the position. He can easily add weight and possesses tremendous strength and leverage to anchor against the double team in the run game. Combine that with his ridiculous quickness and you have a candidate to wreak havoc as a college DT. "I like playing defensive end. I have 3 sacks so far. That's about on pace with last year when I played inside. We might, looking at the offenses coming up, see some spots where it might be better to play me inside. But right now, I'm still drawing double teams on the outside and making plays."

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