Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Red Raiders stood alone for Texas DB
By Damon Sayles
Three-star safety Derrick Dixon (Dallas/Skyline) has known for a while where he wanted to play college football. To keep a fair, unbiased mentality, he chose to keep his recruiting process open.
Dixon felt Wednesday afternoon was the perfect time to go public with his college plans, and the 5-foot-9, 187-pound safety announced via social media that he was verbally committing to Texas Tech.
When asked which other schools were in the running, Dixon simply replied, “Nobody.”
“It’s their energy,” Dixon said. “They’re trying to get me on the field as soon as I get there. That’s what got me interested in the school. It feels good to know where I’m going to college.”
Dixon, a hard-hitting safety, became the Red Raiders’ 15th commitment. More importantly, he is Texas Tech’s first member of the secondary for the class, as the program has been fortunate to build its offense over the spring.
As a junior, Dixon was one of the most consistent defensive players for a Skyline team that advanced to the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals in 2012. He helped Skyline advance to the state semifinals as a sophomore.
What many coaches, however, chose to see -- rather than his playmaking ability -- was his height. Dixon is short for a safety, and he said his size tended to scare some schools away. Dixon had offers from TCU, West Virginia, SMU and Washington State but said Texas Tech was the school that kept in consistent contact with him.
“They [Texas Tech] stayed through it all,” said Dixon, who was recruited by Red Raiders co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris. “They told me that it’s not about my height; it’s about me making plays.
“That’s what I plan on doing. Big plays, big hits, the whole nine.”
Dixon is the second Skyline 2014 player to commit. He joins ESPN 300 cornerback Cedric Collins, who committed to Texas A&M in August.