Dixon visiting WFU

Rayfield Dixon from Loxahatchee, Fla. is making his way up to Winston-Salem today for a campus visit. The Demon Deacon staff offered the 6-foot-2, 197-pound outside linebacker/wide receiver, who plays at Seminole Ridge High School, in May.

"The week before Memorial Day Coach McCartney came to my school," said Rayfield Dixon. "After he watched me in spring practice they decided to offer me. He said they liked my explosiveness, how aggressive I play, my size and my cover skills. It's definitely a school I'm considering. As a matter of fact, I'm going [to Wake Forest] with my Mom, Kyle Shortridge, and Omar Pierre-Louis on [today]."

Dixon's teammate, Kyle Shortridge, also holds an offer from Wake Forest. This will be Dixon's first out-of-state visit. His 14 offers include Wake Forest, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Purdue, Temple, West Virginia, Bowling Green, FIU, Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, and Western Illinois. He has visited USF, UCF, FIU, and FAU, and intends on visiting the Georgia State campus on the way back from Wake Forest. He's received offers at linebacker and wide receiver.

"I played wide receiver in my freshman and sophomore seasons," he explained. "The coach saw that I like to hit and moved me to linebacker. I played rover in a 3-4 defense. I made 80 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and six sacks. My strength has improved, so has my footwork and dropping back in coverage. I'm getting better at reading my keys- the fullback or the pulling guard. Next season I'm going to be playing a lot at wide receiver and linebacker. It's going to be like I'm starting on both sides of the ball."

Although Dixon has been enjoying playing defense, he said his college position won't play a big factor in making his college decision.

"I want to go somewhere I can make an impact and get on the field," Dixon said. "I'm still open right now. I'm not going to commit until I'm able to take a couple of more visits. I'm looking for a school with a good campus life I can enjoy for the next four or five years. I also want to have a good connection with the coaches and the players. I want to look at the school's academics and see what kind of majors they offer. I'm looking at either Criminal Justice or Nursing."

Dixon was named All-Palm Beach County as a junior. His Hawks team made it to the second round of the Florida 8A playoffs. Dixon is No. 1 for the Hawks. He recently went to a 7-on-7 tournament at UCF with his team and they came away without a loss asserting themselves as a top team to watch in Florida 8A this fall.

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