Louisiana Prospect Adapts to Katrina

Louisiana wide receiver Ricky Dixon said college coaches were able to get calls through to him when the fall contact period began September 1st, right after Hurricane Katrina...

Like many Louisiana residents, Reserve (LA.) Saint John receiver Ricky Dixon (6-3, 210) was displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. But unlike many recruits who were without phone service, Dixon had no trouble receiving calls when the fall contact period began.

"We went to Houston for three days, then we came back when it was okay. We wanted to check on the house. There was no water damage to the house. There was a lot of wind though before so we expected the worst," said Dixon.

Dixon was also expecting coaches to have a hard time getting a hold of him on September 1st, but it wasn't the case.

"I got calls from LSU, Kansas and UCLA," said Dixon. "Those were the main ones."

Dixon, who holds thirty scholarship offers, said he thinks some other schools may have been hesitant to call during the recovery from Katrina. "I think that some of them wanted to wait a while because some schools didn't call until over that weekend," said Dixon.

Dixon has narrowed his schools down to a top five, but three other schools are still trying to crack that, effectively leaving him with eight schools to choose from. "My top five are LSU, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and UCLA," said Dixon. "I'm also looking at Ole Miss, Kansas State and Arkansas still."

Dixon, who is being recruited by UCLA's Eric Bieniemy, said he would likely be taking an official visit to UCLA this fall. He has one official visit set up, to Florida State in November.

Dixon was planning to be in Baton Rouge this last weekend for LSU's game with Arizona State, but with the game being moved to Tempe, that plan changed. He has already taken unofficial visits to Florida, Georgie, Ole Miss and Tulane.

With Baton Rouge being near his home and his former teammate, quarterback Ryan Perriloux, being at LSU, Dixon said the Tigers have an advantage. "I know more guys there, I'm familiar with that school more than any other place. Everyone brings up the fact that Ryan and I played together, and we do have chemistry when playing," said Dixon.

Dixon said he will take all five of his trips before making a decision. "A lot of what I want in a school is going to be determined after my officials. I will take some during the season and some after," said Dixon.

With East Saint John having their games delayed, Dixon said he is just trying to stay in shape and begin practicing.

"We had a Jamboree on the Friday before the hurricane. We may only play seven or eight games, but at least our whole season isn't taken away," said Dixon.

Dixon has a 2.9 GPA and will take the ACT next month.


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