JR QB Prospect Dennis Dixon

The junior quarterback from San Leandro, Dennis Dixon, showed why he is considered one of the best prospects on the west coast at the Air 7 Quarterback Challenge Wednesday. Even though it's early, has UCLA shown any interest so far?

We first saw Dennis Dixon, 6-4, 175, San Leandro (Calif.) High, in the CaliFlorida Passing League in June (CaliFlorida Passing League Story from June), and we were even more impressed by how he's developed when we saw him this week in the Air 7 Quarterback Challenge.

The Quarterback Challenge went on simultaneously with the CaliFlorida practices last week. It consists of a number of the best high school junior quarterbacks in California working out in drills and tests for a week. The competition culminated on Wednesday before the CaliFlorida Bowl. The event involved three different drills: 1) running laterally around cones and throwing at a target, 2) throwing from a dead stance, and 3) throwing at a number of moving targets. In addition to Dixon, also participating were probably two of the best in Northern California, Sam Keller, 6-4, 205, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley, and Kyle Wright, 6-3, 190, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, as well as a few from Southern California, including Eric Vose, 6-2, Westlake (Calif.) High, and Matt Engle, 6-0, 185, El Segundo (Calif.) High. (PWF's Story on Game Between San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista).

Dixon won the event, and did so in pretty decisive fashion. As he showed last summer, Dixon has very good size, but also very exceptional athleticism for that size. Even though he looks like a deer, with very long, lanky legs, he has great coordination, and very quick feet. And probably his best asset is his strong arm, to go along with a very quick delivery.

Last year, Dixon said he threw for 2,100 yards and 23 TDs. UCLA coaches attended one of his games this year, not only to see Dixon play but also to watch teammate, senior DB and UCLA target, Jarrad Page. Dixon said that UCLA has sent him some early recruiting mail and made it known to the San Leandro coaching staff that he's at the top of UCLA's list for junior quarterbacks.

Dixon, though, said he's wide open this early in his recruiting experience, and "would be open to any school that wanted to recruit" him. He also said he's heard from Oregon early on.

Dixon said he now has a 3.2 GPA and hasn't as of yet taken the SAT.

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