Dixon discusses Wake interest

Two of Wake Forest's top targets play at Seminole Ridge (Fla.) High School, the once-committed Kyle Shortridge and Rayfield Dixon. Dixon, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound outside linebacker, was offered by the Demon Deacon staff in May and has them listed among his favorites, but that may no longer be the case after he was unable to make a trip to Winston-Salem last weekend.

"You know, I really like Wake Forest," said Rayfield Dixon, "but things didn't work out for me to go there for the UNC game. I wanted to go, but when I called up there they said all of the slots had been filled. I'm still interested in them, but and still may make an official visit there another weekend. Right now, I know I'm going to take three before I make my decision. I'm going to Purdue in October for the Wisconsin game. I'm also going to go to West Virginia and Minnesota but I don't know the dates yet. I'll possible make one more [official visit] to Mississippi State or Wake Forest."

Dixon's teammate, Shortridge, was in attendance and figures to be more in-play at this time than Dixon. If the Deacon staff were to receive a commitment from Shortridge, a defensive lineman, and convince Dixon to take an official, however, that could change. As for now, Dixon is gearing up for his first game of the season with highly-ranked Dwyer.

"I didn't play in week one against Park Vista," he said. "I was still very sore, so Coach decided to rest me for the week and save me for the Dwyer game. I'm going to be all over the field. I'm playing outside and inside linebacker and wide receiver when we go to the gun."

Dixon made only two camps over the summer to USF and UCF. While he has 15-plus Division 1 offers, he seems to have whittled his list down to the five aforementioned schools or even less.

"Once I check out Purdue, West Virginia, and Minnesota," Dixon said, "I think I'll have a better idea where I'm going and be ready to commit. I'm looking to go to a college where I can make an early impact on the field. I also want a good connection with the coaches. I think a lot my decision will be based on how the visits go to get a better feel for each university."

Although he did not make the trip to Winston-Salem last weekend, Dixon was on campus for two days during the summer in July. His Wake Forest recruiter is Ray McCartney, who covers the ripe South Florida region for the Deacons. As a junior, Dixon was an All-County performer and had a startling 17 tackles for loss with 75 tackles overall for the Hawks.

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