Position: Tight End
Location: Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Weight: 210 pounds
Recruiting: This was always a two-team race for Dixon between UCLA and USC and went back and forth a few times. He was an early UCLA lean, then a USC lean earlier in the year, was back to a Bruin lean following Lane Kiffin's firing and then back to a Trojan lean when Steve Sarkisian was hired. Several close to Dixon expected him to choose UCLA at the Army AA Game as he had two home visits with the Bruin staff and the only USC coach he met for an in-home was departing special teams coach John Baxter. Dixon grew up a big USC fan, liked Sarkisian a lot and in the end, announced for the Trojans.
What to Like: Dixon is the most athletic tight end in the class and plays like a big receiver. He can really run, has great hands and body control. He's able to make plays down the field and is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers and safeties. He's already a polished route runner and will come in to college with a solid grasp for how to play in a pro-style system, since that's what he ran in high school. Dixon weighs about 210 pounds but does have the frame to get bigger and can become a more physical player at the next level.
What may be of concern: Dixon is not much of a blocker right now and needs to increase his strength and toughness. He plays more like a big receiver as mentioned, so he was rarely even asked to do a lot of blocking in the Seraphs offense. Assuming he can add the weight, he has the frame to do so, Dixon should be able to bulk up enough in to an every down tight end for the Trojans by his sophomore year or so.
Overall Analysis: Dixon was a big pickup for USC as tight end was a major need and Dixon is a true difference maker at the position. It's always big to beat your cross town rival as well and for USC to land Dixon without the new staff even coming in for a home visit was amazing. Dixon has a big upside and should challenge for playing time right away. He may still take a visit to UCLA before SD but USC is looking very solid right now.