Dixon Still Steady

The #7-ranked quarteback in the country, San Leandro's <b>Dennis Dixon</b>, said that he has maintained his interest in UCLA, despite the coaching upheaval. He's also had a constant in his recruiting...

Dennis Dixon, 6-3, 185, San Leandro (Calif.) High, said his interest in UCLA hasn't waivered that much since the school fired its head coach last week – and now that they've hired a new one.


When informed who UCLA had hired as its new head coach, Dixon said, "Hmm.  I don't know who he is, but I can bet it will be good.  That's great. I'm still looking forward to my trip there. I have friends there, so I'm still very interested in UCLA."


Dixon plans to take his last visit to UCLA, on January 31st.   He visited Oregon State in November, Washington last weekend, and plans to visit Oregon on January 10th and USC on January 17th to round out his five visits.  About the Washington visit, Dixon said, "It was great. It was everything I thought it'd be."


Did he consider committing?


"No, no," he said. "I'm definitely going to wait until I take all of my visits."


Dixon said that a big factor in his decision would be who UCLA hired as its head coach. "It's been a place I've always thought about. My best friend, Jarrad Page goes there. I've known him since I was a little kid. And I've followed him, whatever he did.  I know his family well.  I don't know, but I think my parents would want me to go to UCLA with Jarrad. So, who UCLA gets as a coach was going to be important."


Dixon, who threw for 2,276 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, has been recruited by UCLA running back coach and offensive coordinator Kelly Skipper, and he said he'd like to know if any of the current UCLA coaches would be retained on the new staff. "It'd be great if he were still there," Dixon said,  referring to Skipper. "But if that doesn't work out, it's okay I guess. I'd have to adapt, and start all over with new coaches, but that's okay."  Dixon said that Skipper called him after Toledo was fired and has done a good job of recruiting him. "They called me a lot," Dixon said. "Well, it was either coach Skipper or Jarrad.  Jarrad's recruited me just as much."


When asked if it was significant that new head coach Karl Dorrell was African-American, Dixon said, "No, not at all. It doesn't really matter." 


Dixon said he now has a 3.3 GPA but hasn't as of yet passed the SAT.  He plans on re-taking it in January. 

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