“Just getting into baseball…”
The above is what Mobile (Ala.) UMS-Wright two-sport standout Troy Dixon told Scout this week about his latest focus. It’s relevant because it could be his final focus.
After a standout 2013 season on the diamond, in which he hit over .350 and batted cleanup for the squad, Dixon has much more to think about these days in the battle between playing football, baseball or both at the next level.
Dixon has been in contact with several schools on the baseball front, with offers from South Alabama and Samford (where his brother plays) on the table, but could he project beyond that in the next calendar year?
“I got some pro scouts coming to watch me though,” he said. “It’s cool, the ultimate goal is to get drafted out of high school.”
Should Dixon, the shortstop, be drafted right out of UMS-Wright, what would happen to the future of Dixon, the 2,000-yard running back?
“It would be hard to do, but I guess I would have to give it (football) up,” he said.
While that scenario is still a way’s away from potentially happening, Dixon has been seeking more interest from colleges as a running back of late.
“I’ve been lifting a lot, trying to put on a few more pounds,” he said. “Hard to do during baseball season, though. I’m 195 now, trying to get to 205 for next season.
“I feel like I need to get more interest.”
With inquiries from Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State and a few other schools potentially in both sports, a pair of in-state schools remain most in contact with one of the top junior running backs in Alabama.
“I’ve talked to Samford and South Alabama, they’re just saying that they’ll keep in contact with me,” Dixon said.
The 2012 Class 4A state title game MVP has maintained that he’d like to play both sports in college if he was able to earn a scholarship, adding that the more likely path would be to earn a football scholarship and walk-on to the baseball team.
Dixon admitted that his potential problem "sure is" a good one to have.