June 13, 2012

Deacs pursue Florida OLB

Wake Forest joined the Rayfield Dixon sweepstakes when it offered the Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge outside linebacker Tuesday, June 5.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Dixon also claims scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Florida International, Georgia State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, South Alabama, Temple, Tulane, West Virginia and Western Illinois, while Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma State, South Florida and Vanderbilt have shown interest.

Dixon, who is keeping his options open, plans to narrow his list of schools sometime this summer and to choose during his senior season after taking his visits.

Ray McCartney is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"He's a real good coach," Dixon said. "He's real cool. He asked me how I'm doing in school. He told me to finish up strong. We have a real good connection."

"He [McCartney] told me they had 30 [players] from Florida. That means to me that they're real serious about recruiting the kids from down here. It shows that I'm one of the people that they liked from Florida."

Dixon is friends with Wake freshmen and fellow Floridians, Tyler Cameron and Dominique Gibson. He is looking forward to hanging out with them when he makes the trip to Wake Forest.

Dixon added his mom is trying to get him to Winston-Salem for a visit sometime this summer. However, they have yet to settle on a date.

He has not visited any other schools since attending junior day events and spring games at FAU, FIU and USF.

The Sunshine State product is unsure of what he wants to major in, but is interested Criminal Justice or something sports related.

Dixon, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com recorded 80 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and six sacks last season.

"I'm just an all-out football player," Dixon said. "My motor doesn't stop. I keep going till the whistle blows. I can cover. I can blitz. I can do everything. I'm a real hard football player and a good athlete."

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