If you happen to miss the Panther that made the big hit, just keep the eyes on #7 Ahmad Dixon and there is a good chance he will come flying up from his free safety spot and lay another pad popping hit.
That is the reputation the junior safety has earned in his two years roaming the secondary for Midway. After recording 105 tackles in 2007 as a sophomore, much was expected from the 6-0, 190 pound long armed defender and he more than answered any questions being asked.
In 2008, Dixon posted 114 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for a Panther team that advanced to the 4A state semifinals before losing to Longview 43-42 in overtime. For his efforts, the national 100 prospect was named 16-4A first team all-district and AP 4A second team all-state.
Along with the accolades, came the offers from more than a handful of programs. The potential five-star prospect says he has seven offers and feels five schools are recruiting him the hardest.
Along with the seven offers in hand, the Central Texas star has a number of junior day invitations. In the middle of district play on the hardwood, attending all of the junior days can be a challenge, but Dixon plans to attend a couple the next two weekends.
"I was invited to OU, but I was here with basketball and wasn't able to make it. I've been invited to junior days by TCU, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Oklahoma State is this weekend and Texas is in February the 8th, I think. I'm going to go to those," Dixon said.
Speaking of the Longhorns, Dixon said defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is recruiting him at corner back.
"I'm being recruited by Will Muschamp. Texas has talked to me about playing corner, but they are the only one that is talking corner," Dixon said.
While Dixon excels as a hard hitting, downhill safety, playing corner isn't a concept that is foreign to the star junior.
"I'm willing to do whatever it takes as a player to get the job done. I played corner early in the season when we had some guys hurt. I played it for a game or two," Dixon said.
With seven offers in hand and programs from around the country likely to offer in the near future, Dixon will have the option to go wherever he wishes to play college football. While staying close to home has been a topic of the past, Dixon is going through the process with an open mind.
"No, it's (staying close to home) not strong on my mind as much anymore. I'm just wanting to get out and see what's out there for me," Dixon said, who says he is wide open to all schools.
Dixon and his Waco Midway basketball teammates will be playing at Cleburne tonight.