November 9, 2009

Dixon digs UT experience; How much?

Ahmad Dixon had been a verbal commitment to Baylor University for more than five months before he visited the University of Tennessee during the weekend.

Now the four-star safety and No. 97 player on the Rivals100 has departed Knoxville with a fresh approach to his recruitment.

"I'll reopen my recruitment back up. I'll do that," said the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Waco, Texas, native. "Tennessee is in the top, they're real high. Matter of fact, I would say they're No. 1 right now."

That's largely because Dixon was blown away by his time on the UT campus. He met with coaches, attended the Vols' 56-28 thrashing of Memphis and was hosted by Tennessee standouts Eric Berry and Denarius Moore.

"It went good. I got to meet both coach Kiffins (head coach Lane, defensive coordinator Monte), and I got to see the campus. It was an amazing visit. It was great. I mean, I really can't explain how good it was," said Dixon, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl honoree. "I had Eric Berry, he's a great guy. He's not only a great athlete but he's a great guy off the field. He's a real cool guy off the field. And I had Denarius Moore; he's also a great guy and a great athlete. Both of those guys are just great people, good guys to be around."

A Tatum, Texas, native, Moore offered unique perspective to Dixon about playing a long distance from home.

"(Moore) said it's a great atmosphere, coming from Texas to Tennessee. He said it's kind of like a home away from home," Dixon recalled. "He said it's great."

So, too, was Dixon's reaction to the Vols' game plan Saturday night. He said Lane Kiffin's attacking, tenacious approach against Memphis made an obvious impression.

"My reaction is Coach Kiffin has a lot of faith in the guys," Dixon said. "He believes they can do whatever it is that he needs them to do. That was my first reaction."

Now that he's secured his first impressions of the UT experience, Dixon is eager to bring his parents back for the same experience.

"Yeah, me and my parents will be coming back hopefully for the Vanderbilt game," said Dixon, who indicated his family planned to drive back in two weeks for the Vols‘ home finale. "And we'll get to sit down and talk to coach Kiffin again and go through this great experience all over again."

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