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Teammates are headed to Miami this weekend

10/10/2012

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure is off to a terrific start this season, thanks in large part to sophomore quarterback Ricky Town and junior tight end Bryce Dixon. In fact, one of the few things that can rival the Seraphs' hot start is Dixon's presence on the recruiting trail. After picking up his first offer from Miami at the beginning of the season, Dixon added an offer from Washington late last week, then was offered by California, Colorado and Ohio State from Monday night through Tuesday morning.

While Town hasn't picked up his first scholarship offer, the 2015 quarterback has heard from schools across the country, including Boston College, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and UCLA, among others. This weekend, Town and Dixon will take advantage of their bye week and will visit Miami on unofficial visits.

Town is plenty familiar with the Hurricanes, as he was named quarterback MVP at a Miami camp this past summer. During the visit, Town had an opportunity to tour the campus with the Miami coaches, including head coach Al Golden and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch.

"Coach Fisch said they wanted to offer me, but they wanted to see a couple of games first," Town said, adding that he hoped he'd done enough this season to warrant an offer during the visit this weekend.

Dixon already holds a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes, but he is in no hurry to make a commitment. This will be his first visit to see a college football game and he said that with so much time to learn about schools and athletic programs, his first look at Miami will center around what is most important at this point in the process.

"I just want to see the atmosphere of the school and right now I mainly only care about how they use their tight ends," Dixon said.

Dixon said he has developed a close relationship with Miami recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll and the two talk nearly every week.

It's likely that Town will begin forming that relationship with more than a few college coaches. In taking over for a departed senior quarterback, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Town has St. Bonaventure at 6-1 this season and looking to make a deep run in the playoffs.

"We put in a lot of hard work and we have a lot of great players," Town said. "It's a little surprising for me, but it's pretty cool how well we're doing. But we also have a great team, so we should be winning these games."

Something of an unknown as far as potential production heading into the season, that is no longer the case for Town.

"Once schools started to see me play more, it became something where they didn't just hear about the potential, but they could actually see me play," he said.