UCLA/USC Battle for Dixon

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon is done with his home visits and is set to make his announcement at the Army All-American game in early January...

Bryce Dixon is the most athlete tight end in the region and plays more like a big receiver than a traditional tight end. He runs very well, has soft hands and great body control. You can do a lot of different things with him in college and he'll be a very tough matchup for linebackers and safeties.

On the recruiting front, Dixon has taken official visits to Arizona State and Oregon and also considered Florida and Miami but it sounds like this will come down to an L.A battle between UCLA and USC.

"I've had home visits with Oregon and USC and UCLA came in twice," Dixon said. "Coach Baxter came to my school the day Kiffin was fired and I also talked with Coach Sirmon last week. The Mazzone's came over twice, once just then Coach Yarber came over with them last Friday and that went really well.

"I'm mainly focusing on the two local schools right now and just trying to figure out what offense fits me best. That's what was cool about the UCLA visit, they actually brought in cut ups of how they use Thomas Duarte and Joe Fauria in that Y position and that fits me really well. I know USC will use the tight end too, they did at Washington so it's just weighing everything out and then making a decision."

Dixon has his announcement date picked out and it's coming up pretty soon.

"I plan to announce at the Army game," Dixon said. "I still need to get in touch with those guys to let them know that's what I want to do but that's definitely my desire. I'm excited, it's going to be a fun time to have my family out there.

"I enjoyed the whole recruiting process but for me, it was always going to be a battle between the two local schools. I want to stay close to home and UCLA and USC are both great options. I haven't made my decision yet, I'm still talking it over with my family but I'll be ready to go when the Army game rolls around."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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