One of the more athletic big guys in the 2011 class is Tim Dixon. The Columbus (GA) Kendrick High School standout is attracting some significant attention on the recruiting trail with his combination of size, skill, and athleticism. Despite that, right now Dixon is trying to keep an open mind.
At 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds with long arms, Dixon has the frame and the natural ability to be a very good and versatile big man at the college level. The question with Dixon has been his ability to do the dirty work down low, and that is what he focused on during his junior season.
"It went pretty good," said Dixon of his junior year. "I think I played good on the low post. I had a lot of blocked shots and a lot of rebounds."
That improvement has a lot of schools in hot pursuit. Already he holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn (old staff), Florida State, Georgia, Mercer, and Oklahoma State.
Along with those schools, places such as Georgia Southern, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Clemson are all showing him significant interest.
While the recruiting attention is coming in hot and heavy, Dixon is remaining calm. He says he wants to take his time, and continues to listen to what everyone has to say.
"It is going good," said Dixon with how things are progressing with his recruitment. "I am still wide open with my recruitment and have no favorites."
When it does come time for Dixon to make a decision, he knows what he will be looking for in a school.
"I am looking for a good coaching staff, how well the coaches work with big men, and graduation rates," explained Dixon.
Currently the next step for Dixon is to show off his skills on the AAU circuit for the Georgia Blazers. For Dixon that means he is ready for people to see some added strength to his frame.
"My stepmom and my AAU coach have me on a weight program so I can gain some weight," said Dixon. "I am trying to put on about 20 pounds before the end of AAU season."
According to Rivals.com Dixon is seen as the number 10 center in the country and the as the number 84 prospect overall.