Recruiting on the South Plains | 2013 S Derrick Dixon Commits to Texas Tech

Skyline safety Derrick Dixon has committed to Texas Tech.

PLAYER: Derrick Dixon

POSITION: Safety
HEIGHT: 5'9"
WEIGHT: 187
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Skyline (Dallas, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.7 | Scout | ESPN 73 | 24/7 Sports 88
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8587
VTM PROFILE DATE: June 19, 2013

OFFERS | West Virginia, Washington St., Rice, SMU, TCU and Texas Tech

STATS | Dixon's Scout article had this:

As a junior, he pulled down six interceptions and recovered a fumble while on the way to earning 9-5A First Team All-District and Second Team All-State honors. He was also a 2013 Scout.com Dallas All-NFTC selection.

That's about the best I can do on stats.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | These quotes are actually from a DMN article from earlier this year. I'm guessing that they are probably similar in nature to Dixon's commitment today.

"I really liked the visit to Texas Tech a lot. It was really entertaining because the new coaching staff was great. They were really excited about everything. The coaching staff is the biggest thing that I like about Texas Tech right now. Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury is a really cool guy, and it was great when they offered."

Update: The DMN has a couple of quotes from Dixon, where he said that Texas Tech is the only school that really recruited him and that he hopes to make an impact immediately:

“I’m working for my freshman year in college,” Dixon said. “I want to come out and make a name for myself because every other college says I’m too short and not fast enough. Texas Tech is giving me the chance to prove that I can become a big time player.”

SCOUTING REPORT | This is also language from the Scout article and I think this is pretty darned accurate in terms of Dixon's ability.

Love watching him play. He is not the biggest player on the field, but he is always one of the best football players on it. He is very physical and very well put together, like a tank. He uses his size to his advantage cutting down and flying to ball carriers. Because he is such a passionate and heady player he could fill a number of different roles. He could come up in the box and play some linebacker or flip over and play some fullback as well.

It's strange in that Dixon is listed as verified at 5'9", but he lists himself at 5'11" in his Hudl video. I don't know if that is Dixon posturing, but I really don't care whether he is 5'9" or 5'11". Dixon does have a nose for the ball and he does a terrific job in pursuit. In seeing a guy his size and with his speed on film, Skyline ain't no joke, I'm surprised that Dixon doesn't play cornerback, but maybe his ability to really bear down on people is an attribute that the Skyline coaching staff wanted to keep at safety. I like that and if anything, having a versatile defensive back, a guy that can play cornerback or safety or the nickel is a valuable asset.

Derrick, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

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