October 8, 2009

Tide not out of it for Dixon

The Baylor Bears were thrilled to land the commitment of one of the nation's top defensive backs when Ahmad Dixon announced his commitment back in May. But since that time, it has been no cakewalk for the Bears to hang onto their prized four-star recruit with top programs from around the country continuing to pursue Dixon. College recruiters aren't letting up but has Dixon's commitment started to waver?

"I'm still committed to Baylor and right now I don't expect that to change but I have been keeping in touch with some of the other coaches that have recruited me," said Dixon. "I still talk to Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Oregon and recently Tennessee has started talking to me as well."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety out of Waco, Tex. said the Crimson Tide coaching staff has maintained a very friendly relationship with Dixon even after his commitment to the Bears and has done a good job of making Dixon feel welcome in Tuscaloosa, should he ever change his mind.

"I've had a really good relationship with the Alabama coaches going on three years now, really ever since Coach Saban first got there. We still talk often, mostly about how Alabama would use me if they got the chance. They really aren't pressuring me to change my commitment but they always let me know that if I change my mind, they will have a spot for me and I really appreciate that about Alabama."

For now, Dixon said he feels confident that he will stay firm in his commitment to Baylor but said he does plan on potentially taking official visits later this season.

"I think really the only thing that could change my mind about my decision would be a coaching change of some kind, whether its the head coach or one of the assistants I've been talking to. I plan on taking official visits mostly just because I want to see the world. I've hardly ever been outside of Texas in my life. If the Baylor coaches asked me not to go on official visits, I wouldn't go but they haven't said anything about it so far."

As for his current season, Dixon and his teammates at Midway High School are off to a fast start despite losing a number of key playmakers to graduation.

"This season is going really well for our team. We're 4-1 right now and the team's improving every week. We've got a lot of young guys stepping up which is really important because our opponents have really started to notice me more and do things to try and take me out of the game."

Dixon is rated as the No. 11 safety prospect in the nation and the No. 97 overall prospect as well as the No. 12 player in the state of Texas.

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