Dixon focused on recruiting after loss

The Waco Midway Panthers put together a terrific season in 2008, but had the dream season come to an end Saturday night at the hands of the Longview Lobos 43-42 in overtime. Junior safety Ahmad Dixon was one of the reasons for the Panther success this year posting 116 tackles and three interceptions.

One of the top handful of junior prospects in the state of Texas is Waco Midway safety Ahmad Dixon. The 6-1, 190-pound hard hitter put together another terrific season in 2008 after a sophomore campaign that included 105 tackles and a first team all-district selection.

This year, Dixon recorded 116 tackles and three interceptions and will very likely be named first team all-district as well as receiving some all-region and all-state recognition. After a heartbreaking 43-42 loss in overtime to Longview at Texas Stadium on Saturday and a slight concussion suffered in the first quarter, Dixon is still trying to get over the loss that was as tough as they come.

"Our season was really good," Dixon said. "We had some ups and downs. Some players quit and some came out after the season started. We lost one very heartbreaking game. We always stayed together through the ups and downs though. We had a successful season until Saturday night. I got a slight concussion in the first quarter, but I was able to bounce back from it and play," added Dixon.

Dixon is as hard on himself as any young player can be. Even though he posted big time numbers, the fierce hitter says he would only give himself a five or six this year.

"Individually, I wouldn't rate myself that high. My teammates gave me a lot of opportunities and did a good job around me. I didn't do the things I'm capable of. If it was a scale of one to 10, I would give myself a five or six," Dixon said.

In the last couple of weeks, college coaches have been stopping by Midway on a daily basis. Dixon says he knows some of the schools that have popped in the door, but not all of them. Two that came by got his attention.

"This week, North Texas, Utah and Louisiana Tech have come by. Last week, Texas was by and Texas Tech. Coach Muschamp from Texas and Coach Mitchell from Texas Tech were the ones that came by," Dixon said.

Dixon, who has official offers from Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Texas Tech, says the junior day visits are up next in February.

"I was invited to the Texas A&M junior day last weekend, but we had the playoff game. I got invited to Texas and Texas Tech. I don't know the exact dates, but I know they are in February. I plan to check them out," Dixon said.

The junior safety, who attended the Miami-Texas A&M game during the season, says he is open and is considering six or seven programs.

"I'm just going to see what everyone has to offer. I like Alabama, Florida, LSU and Texas and the schools that have offered me. That's basically who I'm looking at," Dixon said.

One thing that is for certain is that Dixon doesn't plan to stray too far away from home to play his college ball.

"I'm looking for a good location. A good place to be that is not too far from home. A place I think I would enjoy as a city," Dixon said.

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