The Texas Tech Red Raiders received their 15th commitment on Wednesday when safety Derrick Dixon gave his pledge to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Astonishingly enough, for a team that’s long on offensive firepower and short on defensive, Dixon is only the second defensive prospect the Raiders have snagged.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Dixon. He’s the kind of guy that has the heart of a lion. At 5-foot 9, 190-pounds, many thought the hard-hitting safety was too small. Pundits say he doesn’t have the blazing speed to play corner, and doesn’t quite have enough length to play safety.
So what? Measurable aren’t everything in football. Need proof? Just check out Dixon’s film, and we all know the film never lies.
He may not be the biggest or fastest, but he’s a playmaker in the finest sense of the word. He’s a ferocious hitter, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. And pound for pound, he’ll be one of the strongest guys on any field.
His size is probably one of the main reasons none of the big powerhouses from the Lone Star State never came knocking. Neither Texas nor Texas A&M offered the standout from Skyline High School in Dallas. Texas Christian and West Virginia were really the only other big schools recruiting him, and neither of them even came close to efforts that Kingsbury and co. put into getting Dixon.
Dixon could also help the Raiders with some other Skyline teammates as well. The Raiders have offered offensive tackle Ty Barrett and linebacker Victor Evans, both currently still teammates with Dixon, at least for one more season, and would love to pull off a clean sweep of all three.
You really gotta hand it to first year coach Kingsbury. 15 verbal commitments before the start of July? A class currently viewed as top 25 nationally? At Texas Tech? Not too shabby.
Still, even Kingsbury knows, as good of an addition as Dixon is, much more help will be needed on a defense that gave up nearly 5,000 yards of offense last year and is still a work in progress.