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Sun. February 7, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

At Countryside, Nebraska football commitment Tyler Moore, a possible five-star offensive lineman next season, has gotten the majority of the attention, but according to Cougars coach John Davis, a handful of other seniors-to-be on his squad have Division I-A ability.

DB Alex Dixon is one of them.

Although it's early, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder already has scholarship offers from Florida State and West Virginia. Additionally, Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue have shown strong interest.

"He's a tall corner that has long arms," Davis said. "They're looking for those guys. And he's got great feet. All of those things are pluses for him."

A two-year starter, Dixon sometimes makes things look easy.

That, however, might not necessarily be a good thing.

"He's a very gifted athlete," Davis said. "But sometimes he needs to, how should I say it … sometimes with Alex, he tends to nonchalant things. We want to see him get a little more hyper, a little more active. I thought (Cougars assistant) John Scargle did a great job with him last fall. He really worked with him and turned him around, as far as Alex being the guy that took away the other team's best receiver."

According to Davis, more offers are on the way.

"I would think by the time we get through spring (practice), he would have a lot of them."

In other football recruiting:

• After signing Lakewood WR/RB Bernard Reedy, the 2009 Pinellas offensive player of the year, Toledo coach Tim Beckman said this: "Bernard is a special athlete who can do spectacular things with the ball in his hands. He has exceptional quickness and a knack for getting in the end zone." The Rockets are hailing the 2010 class as their best ever.

• Count Rivals.com analyst Jamie Newberg among those who think Plant DE/RB James Wilder Jr., recently named by Rivals as the country's junior of the year, has a good shot to open the 2010 season as the nation's No. 1 recruit. The Gainesville Sun's John Patton, however, predicts Wilder could get competition for the top spot in Florida from Lake City Columbia DT Timmy Jernigan, who has 30 offers and lists Florida as his early leader.

• A transcript issue at Florida involving former Gulf DL Leon Orr, who enrolled there last month, has been resolved. Orr said questions were raised about two courses he took while briefly attending high school in Lakeland during his 10th-grade year. "It's all good now," Orr said.

Basketball: Oldsmar Christian's Steven Kraus, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, took an official visit to Erskine College this weekend. The Division II program is located in South Carolina. Kraus also is considering Auburn Montgomery, Augusta State, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Franklin Pierce, Milligan College and Southeastern.

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