Alabama picked up a major boost in its secondary with the commitment of junior college All-American Travell Dixon on Wednesday evening.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback was recently named an NJCAA first-team All-American after a banner year at Eastern Arizona College (Yuma, Ariz.). He chose the Crimson Tide over Florida State. He had eliminated Miami and Mississippi State earlier in the evening.
“I have the best relationship with the coaches there, so I just followed my heart,” Dixon said. “Coach [Nick] Saban is going to best develop me as a corner, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing in the SEC.”
Dixon had taken official visits to Alabama and Florida State in the last few months and said it was a tough decision to make.
“It was 51-49 really between Alabama and FSU,” Dixon said. “I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff there and what they are trying to accomplish.”
At the end of the day, Alabama’s recent track record won out.
“Just looking at the recent history with Alabama and their defensive backs,” Dixon said. “They are producing quality players and competing for championships.”
Dixon originally played at Norland High in Miami. Alabama has had some success in Miami this year with Dixon’s commitment and a verbal from Under Armour All-American wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The cornerback feels like it could be a sign of things to come for the Crimson Tide and Miami prospects.
“Me and Amari Cooper talked about it and figured out that we wanted to make a change,” Dixon said. “We wanted to go to Alabama and make a difference and be the first Miami-Dade players to go there and do big things.”
High expectations will be placed on Dixon as the Tide could lose both of its starting cornerbacks if Dre Kirkpatrick opts for the NFL.
“I have high expectations for myself, but I just want to remain humble,” Dixon added. “I’m working with a trainer so I can be in the best shape for the team. It’s going to be a challenge that I have been waiting my whole life for.”