February 8, 2010

3-star RB Dixon seals the deal & is a Black Knight

Last Wednesday was National Signing Day; the first day football prospects can sign letters of intent to play college football.

Some players commit early and stick to their word. Other players wait until the last minute to make their college destinations, and invariably there are some unexpected choices and surprises along the way.

For the Black Knights of Army, they received the pledge from a prospect that fits into that "last minute" category. This talented running back, is probably the biggest surprise for the 2010 recruiting class and the latest addition comes from 3-star running back Larry Dixon.

Dixon, who committed and signed over the weekend to play football for Army, is someone who adds immediate value to this year's class.

For the Army staff, who were hoping to pull in two other 3-star backs, in Keith McBride (Navy) and Orleans Darkwa (Tulane), today's announcement could be considered the icing on the cake for what has turned out to be a very solid recruiting class … even though there are still some open slots at other positions that will be filled over the next couple of weeks.

Getting Dixon, along with Trenton Turrentine who has tremendous upside, elusive Marcus Jackson, power back Aaron (A.J.) Armstrong, all-purpose Stephen Fraser, speedsters Scott Jones, Brady Earnhardt and Ryan Morgan give the Black Knights talent, depth & competition at both the B-Back and Slot back positions. Then of course you have factoring into the youth equation, prepster Raymond Maples and Air Force transfer Jared Hassin, along with sophomores to be Malcolm Brown, Lonnie Liggins and Greg Cotton and there is tons of young legs and potential fire power.

Dixon is 5-foot-10, 225, who is thick and strong, but has great feet and if you take a look at his highlights, you can see why the coaching staff believes he has the potential to do some unique things at Army.

The Bremerton (Wash.) Olympic High School product is an explosive and physical back with serious talent.

Beyond football, he has hit a mark of 52-8 in the shot-put, runs a legit 11.3 in 100m, and is the leading scorer on basketball team with an18 ppg avg. In addition, Dixon is the All-Time leading rusher in county history.

The recruiting job done by offensive coordinator Ian Shields, who has been recruiting Dixon since last spring, along with a home visit from Head Coach Rich was enough to convince the talented running back to head east and sign with the Black Knights.

GoBlackKnights.com will have more on Dixon's commitment and signing in an additional segment.

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