Chester High School has been one of the state's most productive programs in terms of producing college prospects over the past few years. Pumping out D1 talent the Cyclones are set to reload again next season. One of the top 2012 prospects is RB/LB K.J. Dixon.
At 5'11 180 pounds Dixon lines up at running back and linebacker for the Cyclones but Scout.com projects his as a defensive back on the next level. Last year the multitalented prospect was a force for his team lining up all over the field.
His stat line is long and lengthy and it gives you a sense of how versatile the 2012 prospect is.
K.J. Dixon Junior Season Stats
Running Back – 39 Rushes for 225 Yards and 2 TDs. Wide Receiver – 6 Catches; 7 Thrown To for 81 Yards and 1 touchdown. Kick Returner – 18 Kick Returns for 401 Yards, 22.3 Average, and 1 touchdown. At OLB – 5 Sacks; 12 Tackles for Loss; 41 Unassisted Tackles; 27 Tackle Assists; 68 Total Tackles; 1 QB Hurries; 5 Pass Breakups; 3 Caused Fumbles; 3 Fumble Recoveries; 1 Fumble Return for touchdown, and 2 Interceptions
Last year the junior standout had more than a few shining moments but one game stood out to him as his very best.
"The best game for me last season was against Lancaster High School. That night I scored 3 touchdowns and had many tackles. The most memorable moment was the 89 yard kick return touchdown that I had to help put us over the top. This was the first game that I was given more playing time and made things happen."
Last year Dixon says one team and individual stood out as the toughest he faced all season.
"Marquise Williams the quarterback from Mallard Creek High School in North Carolina was big and fast. Their whole team was fast and huge."
Dixon reports a 4.5 second time in the 40 yard dash but says he feels there's always room for improvement.
"I want to improve my speed, strength, and reaction time to get better for next season."
A number of schools have made the trip to Chester to see the Cyclones during spring practice. Dixon talked about the schools that have had contact with him directly out of those schools.
"I have talked face to face to East Carolina, North Carolina State, and North Carolina Central University. They just came to watch and talk with me about attending their camps this summer to get a better look at me."
Dixon has already made a visit to South Carolina and he shared his thoughts about his trip to Columbia.
"I attended South Carolina's spring game, it is a big school. I didn't get to see much. We were only given a tour of the weight room and a introduction to the coach."
With schools in the mix currently Dixon says he has no preference as to where he plays on the next level as long as he's got the opportunity to play wherever he decides to attend.
Dixon is a humble young man and when asked about being one of the next top prospects out of Chester he replied, "The idea of being a top prospect is great and very exciting. I come from a small town where there is not very much exposure so to have the honor of being a top prospect for Chester is a great honor."
Looking ahead towards making a decision Dixon says there's plenty of things he'll consider when making his decision for college.
"The factors that will play most in my choosing of a school is the football program. Football is my passion and my first love. The facilities, coaching staff, and early playing time will all play an important part in my decision. Of course the education and the atmosphere is just as important. But if I must be honest, all I want to do is play football on a college level and be the best that I can be. I know my mom is going to want me to stay close to home, but we have both agreed to do what is best for my future, even if that means moving far from home."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with K.J. Dixon as he hits the camp and combine circuit this offseason. Check out some of his maxes in the weightroom below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...K.J. DIXON
Bench press: 255 pounds
Squat: 410 pounds
Power clean: 235 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds
2012 RB/ATH K.J. Dixon