The state of Arizona is seeing quite possibly the best crop of in-state prospects since 2012, with many guys destined to go Power Five schools. Rich Rodriguez has put an emphasis on in-state recruiting, landing commitments from four AZ prospects, and is still in contention for quite a few more.
Among those in-state commitments is Tucson local Drew Dixon out of Sabino. He is currently ranked as a 3-star prospect, sits at 64th among all athletes in the nation, and is ranked 15th overall in the state of Arizona.
He’ll be joining Rodriguez’ offense as a wide receiver, giving the unit more size with his 6-foot-4, 210 pound frame.
Dixon was the first of the 2017 recruiting class to start their high school season, and he had himself a night against Sahuaro on Thursday.
While he had served as the quarterback throughout his varsity career, he was lined up as a running back for most of the night, where his athleticism took over. He rushed the ball 27 times for a total of 280 yards and four touchdowns. He did fumble the ball twice, one of which was lost in the red zone.
A long reception by Drew Dixon set up his 3rd rushing TD of the day. 21-21 tie here at Sabino. 2:57 left in half. pic.twitter.com/FUdpIsJE2t— AZ Varsity- Football (@AZHSFB) August 19, 2016
He also lined up at wide receiver, where he hauled in seven catches for 81 yards.
Apologize for the video of a video but Arizona will take this from 2017 commit Drew Dixon pic.twitter.com/pjr6xlgysS— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) August 19, 2016
Dixon is the ultimate utility player, but it seems as if over usage could be a concern. This game was a shootout against a solid team, so we’ll see how his snaps are managed going forward.
Drew Dixon looks gassed. Sabino puts him in and he fumbles a handoff. On the next play he catches a swing pass and limps off after no gain.— AZ Varsity- Football (@AZHSFB) August 19, 2016
Playing in Tucson does his ranking no favors, however if Dixon can continue to keep a similar pace to what he’s started, you can expect him to rise just a bit. Rodriguez has found himself a nice piece in his own backyard. There are a lot of quality prospects in this class, but Dixon has been one of my favorites and I’m excited to see how he develops this season.