Dixon among most wanted

West Bloom­field line­backer re­ceives of­fer from Spar­tans

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY ALLEN TRIEU Spe­cial to The Detroit News

West Bloom­field High School has be­come a must-stop for col­lege foot­ball coaches who re­cruit the state of Michi­gan. Two years ago, head coach Ron Bel­lamy had Tr­ish­ton Jack­son, one of the best ath­letes in the state at that time.

Jack­son is now a sopho­more starter at Michi­gan State, but Bel­lamy again has a ros­ter full of Di­vi­sion I ath­letes.

Even on a team which has two Power 5 com­mits and sev­eral more play­ers who will play on Satur­days, ju­nior line­backer Lance Dixon stands out as an­other West Bloom­field re­cruit with rare traits.

“The kid ran 21.9 in the 200me­ter dash, 50.1 in the 400 me­ters at 200 pounds,” Bel­lamy said. “He is an ath­letic freak.”

Go­ing into his ju­nior sea­son, the freak ath­leti­cism and the speed was known. How Dixon would tran­si­tion to play­ing more to­ward the line of scrim­mage was not known, but the for­mer safety has adapted quickly. He has the phys­i­cal­ity of a line­backer, but still has the cover skills to move out and cover slots like a safety. That has led to more schools con­tact­ing Bel­lamy about Dixon, and more schol­ar­ship of­fers for him.

Dixon vis­ited Michi­gan State for their home game against Iowa. Be­fore the game, he walked out to mid-field with head coach Mark Dan­to­nio and was of­fered a schol­ar­ship by the Spar­tans.

“Michi­gan State of­fer­ing me is def­i­nitely a big deal, and they are def­i­nitely one of the top schools on my list,” he said.

The Spar­tans love his ver­sa­til­ity.

“They want me to play mainly line­backer, but they’ve also talked about how they could move me to the safety po­si­tion be­cause of my speed,” Dixon said.

Fast, ag­gres­sive lineback­ers have been a reg­u­lar site in East Lans­ing. Still, Dixon’s 6-foot-3 frame and length make him a rare breed.

Michi­gan State’s 2019 class has two in-state prospects, Oak Park quar­ter­back Dwan Mathis, and Walled Lake Western of­fen­sive tackle Spencer Brown, as the foun­da­tion of the class.

With a tal­ent-heavy group in the state, the Spar­tans are look­ing to add more home-grown tal­ent. Dixon has joined the wanted list.

He likely will join that list for more schools as the process moves on. He ad­mits the re­cent re­cruit­ing rush has been nice, but he has not al­lowed that to al­ter his mind­set or fo­cus.

“I’ve just been stay­ing the same per­son,” he said. “I haven’t changed, I’ve grown a lit­tle bit. I guess it’s cool that peo­ple know my name.”

MSU of­fers Ge­or­gia ath­lete

Val­dosta (Ga.) Lowndes se­nior Michael Bar­rett was of­fered by Michi­gan State last week.

Bar­rett is a 5-foot-11, 207pound quar­ter­back who has posted big num­bers from that po­si­tion, but may project to other po­si­tions in col­lege.

Michi­gan, LSU, South Carolina, NC State, Mary­land, Ge­or­gia Tech and oth­ers also have of­fered. Allen Trieu be­gan cover­ing the state of

Michi­gan for Scout.com in 2005 and be­gan man­ag­ing the en­tire Midwest in 2009. He has been fea­tured on the Big Ten Net­work on its an­nual Sign­ing Day Show. His Michi­gan and Michi­gan State re­cruit­ing col­umns ap­pear

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