November 23, 2007

Dixon says he still wants to look around

Two years ago, true freshman McKinner Dixon drew rave reviews when he stepped on the field and made an immediate impact for Texas Tech. The Lufkin product was a smash hit and even garnered post-season accolades from around the country. Slated as a starter heading into spring workouts, Dixon's star was shining brightly, that was for sure. However, things can change in a heartbeat in collegiate football and a few months later, Dixon found himself academically ineligible to play football.

After leaving Tech, Dixon took what some would deem the scenic route, but finally ended up at Cisco Junior College this fall, where he would have the opportunity to return to Tech without earning an Associates Degree if he could get his grades up. While there were some in Raider Nation who were somewhat skeptical of Dixon's second chance, he assured them time and time again that he would be in Lubbock in December and that he was taking care of business.

Then, much to the dismay of Red Raider fans, rumors started floating around last week that Dixon was considering de-committing from the Red Raiders. Is Dixon still having those thoughts even after his official visit last weekend?

"Aw, I mean, it's still an option, yeah," he explained. "I'm not trying to focus on any of that though, you know? I'm just focused on school and making sure my grades are good to go."

So did his visit for the OU game firm anything up?

"Well it was a great visit, that's for sure," he said. "They showed me a good time and it was really exciting to see them beat Oklahoma, who was what, a top five team? Yeah, it was real tight."

But is he 100% committed to Tech?

"Uh, I guess you could say it's something like that," said Dixon. "Like I said, that's not my focus right now."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman did explain that he will be taking some visits soon.

"I'm not sure where really, but I will be taking some visits before December," said the four-star recruit. "Maybe Louisville, maybe TCU, who knows. I do need to take those before December though so that I can know whether I'm getting to Tech early or not. I just started thinking one day that I hadn't even thought about other options, so I think I owe it to myself to just look at the other schools and see if they would be better for me. That's all."

As for his academic situation, Dixon insists his grades are in great shape and says that he thinks he could earn his Associates Degree, which he would need to transfer to any school except Tech, by May.

Meanwhile, fans across Raider Nation are keeping their collective fingers crossed, hoping that McKinner Dixon doesn't break their hearts once again.

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