March 10, 2008
Dixon has Spartans in top three
Detroit Renaissance High School will be one of the best teams in the PSL once again this year and one of the reasons why is due to top recruit Dana Dixon. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect will join current Michigan State commitment Chris Norman and fellow D1 recruit Delano Collins to form one of the most talented trios in the state. Dixon already has one Big Ten scholarship offer on the table and more are likely to come this spring. SpartanMag.com spoke with him last night and has the latest on his recruitment.
Dixon is listed as a safety in the Rivals.com database, but his future may lie on the offense side of the ball.
"Northwestern offered me a scholarship as a wide receiver. I spoke with them a few weeks ago and then I go the offer in the mail," Dixon said, "I actually like wide receiver a little bit more, but it doesn't matter to me where I play. Most schools are saying wide receiver. Michigan State has said wide receiver or safety."
Dixon attended the Spartans Junior Day a few weeks ago and came away impressed with what he saw. He also talked about what he is hearing from Michigan State.
"I liked it up there, we toured the new facilities and then went to the basketball game. They have told me to hang in there, they just want to see me at camp and also put on a little more size. Once I go to a few combines and camps I think they and few other schools will offer me," he said.
Would the Spartans been viewed as your favorite at this time?
"Yes, they are right up there in my top three," he said. "The schools I am looking at right now are Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. My Coaches said that Illinois likes me a lot, so I am interested in finding out more about them too."
With Chris Norman already committed to Michigan State, Dixon likes the direction the Spartan program is headed. He is also very aware of the players the Spartan signed from the Detroit PSL last year, like Fred Smith, Charles Burrell and Glenn Winston.
"I played against those guys, so I know what they are capable of," Dixon said. "They are very good football players."
As for Detroit Renaissance, Dixon thinks this could be the year the Phoenix make their run to the state championship.
"We should be pretty good," he said "I think we have a great shot at winning the PSL and going deep in the playoffs. We are working hard in the off-season."
It isn't out of the question Renaissance could follow in the footsteps on Detroit Martin Luther King High School and bring another state championship to the PSL. The Phoenix should be even better than they were last season when they were eliminated by eventual State Final runner-up Orchard lake Saint Mary's in the Division III opening round.
SpartanMag.com will be following the Phoenix's progress and Dixon's recruitment as they unfold.
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