November 29, 2009

Does Dixon still have Vols, Knoxville on his mind?

Ahmad Dixon's Waco (Texas) Midway High School's season ended Nov. 20 with a 14-13 loss to Longview High School. It was the second season in a row Dixon's Midway team had lost to Longview by one point. But with the loss, Dixon is able to concentrate more on who his next team will be.

"Now my next focus is deciding which school I will go to next fall," Dixon said of his plans heading into December.

Dixon is still committed to Baylor and has been since May, but has decided to open things up and lists Tennessee ahead of Alabama and Auburn as the teams that he is looking at.

"They're pretty close, pretty close," Dixon said on how Tennessee is narrowing the gap to Baylor right now.

Part of the reason the 6-foot-1, 194-pound four-star safety lists Tennessee with Baylor is because of his official visit he took earlier in November.

"It was a great visit. I had a lot of fun," Dixon remembered. "I got to meet a lot of great people, not only the coaching staff, but the players too."

The visit went so well, Dixon and his family have decided to make the trip back to Knoxville soon to see what Tennessee is like once again.

"The environment I'll be in and the coaching staff," Dixon added on why he wanted to see Knoxville with his family. "I don't know for sure when it will happen, but it will happen."

The Tennessee coaching staff has played a major part in why he will visit again, the Army All-American said.

"I like the coaching staff; I like what they're doing with the coaching staff. Coach (Lane) Kiffin is doing a lot of great things," Dixon noted. "With the little bit amount of talent they have you can see they're good, and I like that a lot."

Another reason that Tennessee is high on the safety's list is because of two players already on campus. Dixon said the play of Tennessee safeties Eric Berry and Janzen Jackson is definitely eye-opening.

"It does (influence me); I mean the idea of being around a lot of great athletes. If I do get to play with them I know they'll teach me a lot of good things down there. It influences me a lot," Dixon said.

While Dixon is familiar with a few players at Tennessee, his relationship with secondary coach Willie Mack Garza is another reason Tennessee is high on his list.

"It's a great relationship (with Garza). I really can't explain how much he's opened up to me and let me feel welcomed in Tennessee," Dixon explained. "We have a real good relationship."

Rivals ranks Dixon as the No. 97 overall player in the nation and the eighth-best player at his position.

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