2006: Ricky Dixon

The 6-3, 210-pound receiver from Louisiana, <b>Ricky Dixon</b>, is one of the most-sought wide receiver prospects in the country, but with UCLA's growing Bayou connections, the Bruins are on his short list...

Eric Bieniemy must love Cajun food.

The Bruin assistant coach and recruiting coordinator has made a habit out of scouring the Bayou for elite athletes, and after inking four in the first two classes he helped recruit, Bieniemy is back in Louisiana again, this time recruiting one of the top receivers in the nation.

Reserve (LA.) East Saint John was home to the nation's top quarterback a season ago in Ryan Perriloux. His favorite receiver target, Ricky Dixon (6-3, 210), had a spectacular junior year and finds himself the object of much recruiting attention, including from UCLA.

With scholarship offers from across the country, Dixon has heard the most from Florida, Arkansas, LSU and UCLA.

"UCLA is a legitimate school I'm interested in. Coach Eric (Bieniemy) is recruiting me, and he is a real cool guy. They want me to come take a visit, and I am going to take an official visit there. He wants (UCLA sophomore running back) Chris Markey to be my host," said Dixon, since Markey is a fellow Louisiana native. "Coach Bieniemy says there are a lot of guys from down here at UCLA that could make me feel at home."

Aside from the Bruins, Dixon's favorite offers are from Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Mississippi State and in-state LSU.

About LSU, Dixon said: "Yeah, LSU, there's some pressure to go there, but I think I may want to leave the state, and go somewhere new. I know I don't want to go where it's cold."

A tall receiver with 4.5 speed, Dixon says most consider him a possession receiver. "I guess I'm more a possession receiver, but I can make the big plays, too," said Dixon.

During a junior year that saw Perriloux receive so much attention, Dixon made the quarterback's job easier, catching 60-plus passes for 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 450 yards. And he expects more of the same this season. "I'll be the focus of defenses, but that's alright, because I'm up for it," said Dixon.

He will attend the Nike Camp in Mississippi in May, but has no other immediate plans for camps during the summer.

Dixon has a 2.5 GPA but says he is working to get it "to a 3.0" and will take the SAT next month.


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