Tennessee picked up commitment No. 20 on Monday afternoon after Georgia athlete Marques Dixon…
Georgia corner set to visit UM
Marques Dixon flew under the recruiting map for a good part of the season because he didn't play football as a junior. When his senior season rolled around, he didn't have a whole lot of schools interested. That has certainly changed. "I went out and had a real good senior season," Dixon said. "I was primarily a wide receiver on offense but when our running back got hurt I played there too and made things happen. On defense, I started out at corner but my coaches moved me to safety so I could make more plays. And I returned five kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns." Once the senior film went out, Dixon began getting a lot more interest on the recruiting front. "A couple of my teammates are committed to Georgia and so they know about me," he said. "They're still evaluating me, haven't offered yet. I've been talking to Tennessee and plan on taking a visit there in January. I plan on going to see Southern Miss. And Miami just started recruiting me hard lately." Dixon, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, talked more about the interest from the Hurricanes. "I started hearing from them in late October but they just got serious here lately," he said. "Coach McGriff has been calling and stuff. We have a good relationship. And today, their defensive coordinator, came by my school. Coach McGriff was supposed to come by the house tonight too but we need to line up our schedules first because I had all-star practice and he's been busy." So what does the standout corner think of the Hurricanes? "I know they have a lot of great tradition and history," he said. "They're one of the top programs. I like how many defensive players they've sent to the NFL. It seems like a great place. The closest I've ever been to there is when my family went to Orlando. Me and (teammate) TJ (Stripling) plan on going down there on January 29th for a visit." Dixon said he's not ready to single out a leader just yet. "I didn't really have a favorite team growing up," he said. "I didn't start playing football until 7th grade and I haven't played every year so I never got into following one team. I'm interested in Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, schools like that." Dixon claims he scored a 1040 on the SAT so he should project as a qualifier.
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