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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Derrick Dixon likes Texas coaching staff

By Damon Sayles

Texas’ junior day on Sunday left a lasting impression on 2014 safety Derrick Dixon (Dallas/Skyline), someone who has watched his stock rise since the end of the regular season.

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound defensive back has offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech and SMU, and while he didn’t pick up a Texas offer Sunday, he did talk discuss being at the junior day an experiencing the environment in Austin, Texas.

“It’s a great campus. I thought it was a good experience,” Dixon said. “I’m just ready to compete next year.”

Dixon commented on several things he liked about the visit -- including the food -- and he said he enjoyed spending time with members of the coaching staff. He’s built relationships with Texas recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and secondary coach Duane Akina.

Dixon also talked about being around so many top-notch recruits. Additionally, he commented on hearing Mack Brown speak and the reputation the Longhorns have built with him as head coach

“I really like how many DBs they put out into the NFL,” he said. “The coaching staff is great there.”

Dixon was a second-team all-state selection for a Skyline team that advanced to the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals. He is expected to be a leader on a defense that has high expectations for the 2013 season.

One of Dixon’s nicknames is “Hawk,” and his stats support the nickname. He finished the 2012 season with six interceptions and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

“I like causing turnovers,” he said.