Freshman CB Dixon recovering from surgery
USF's incoming football recruits report to campus in less than a month to start classes with the Summer B semester, and we're making rounds of calls to catch up with future Bulls in anticipation of their arrival.
Hallandale cornerback Ricardo Dixon, who signed with USF along with teammate Victor Marc, is excited about getting to campus, but much of his spring has been focused on recovering from surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Dixon suffered the injury late in football season last fall when he collided with a teammate during a drill in practice. He said he heard a pop in his shoulder, but played through the pain to finish out his season. Dixon is still optimistic he'll be able to practice with the team as normal when preseason drills start in August, though he's limited right now and has been told by his doctor to avoid contact as his shoulder heals.
Coming off the injury might make it more likely that Dixon redshirt this fall, but he said he'll enter camp trying to show coaches he's ready to play immediately. The Bulls have one established starter at cornerback in senior Jerome Murphy, with sophomores Quenton Washington and Tyson Butler as the top returning options on the other side. USF coach Jim Leavitt has said another true freshman cornerback, Kayvon Webster, will play this fall, and junior college transfer Kevin Williams is another newcomer at the position.
-- How seriously should we be taking talk of Rutgers joining the Big Ten? Columnist Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Scarlet Knights should listen if the Big Ten inquires about becoming the conference's 12th member, arguing that Rutgers is a better fit than Pittsburgh or Syracuse. The Big East has established a new identity after losing three key schools five years ago, but Penn State coach Joe Paterno's comments have brought back talk of more conference reshuffling.
-- We'd mentioned a Miami Herald story this week about Hallandale sprinter Vernon Bush's interest in walking on at USF in track or football. Former Hallandale football coach Dameon Jones said Friday that Bush would like to come to USF, but realistically doesn't have the grades or test scores right now to make that happen.