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Recruiting notebook: Countryside's Dixon getting serious about college choice

Alex Dixon is done window-shopping. He's ready to start trying on some colleges.

"I'm done taking unofficial visits," he says.

Beginning Sept. 1, the heralded Countryside defensive back plans on taking his official visits and moving swiftly to pick a college from a list of more than 20 suitors.

Dixon says he probably won't take all five visits.

"I really don't know where I want to go first," he said. "I know I want to get to Tennessee. I want to get back to Auburn."

Dixon, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, has yet to meet all the Tennessee coaches or visit the campus, but the Volunteers are on his short list. So is North Carolina, which he visited last week and speaks highly of.

Dixon hasn't revealed a top five and stresses the schools he plans on visiting are "just schools I think highly of. But I'm not putting any list out there."

After he takes official visits to Tennessee, Auburn and UNC, Dixon said he may be done. He says he also likes USF and Florida.

"I'm not really wanting any more offers," he said. "I don't want to get too confused with all this. Right now I just want to take my time and take my visits and make my decision."

LOOKING UP: Boca Ciega's Shaquille Bradford and Jefferson's Quentin Williams have a lot in common.

They are roughly the same size. They are surrounded by a deep group of sure-handed receivers. They are the returning passing leaders in their respective counties. And both top many lists as the best quarterbacks in Pinellas and Hillsborough County, respectively.

But Bradford, who has received interest from Western Kentucky (as a defensive back), Middle Tennessee State and William & Mary, says in 2010 he wants to make the similarities even more valid.

"I try not to get ahead of myself, but I've seen Quentin Williams' stats, and he's a great quarterback and he inspires me to (do the same)," said Bradford, a 6-foot, 177-pounder who likes to scramble. "He's really just about the only quarterback that inspires me like that."

Though he has never met Williams, Bradford doesn't mind saying he looks up to him. Last year, the Dragons quarterback threw for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns. Bradford's numbers were much more modest — nearly 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns — but a three-game winning streak to end last season and the return of standout pass catchers Tyree Green and Phadrae White and potential breakout receiver Kendryk Boyd has Bradford eyeing big things.

"I really think we can put up those kind of numbers," Bradford said. "We're going to feed our running backs, but we're really looking at putting it in the air.

"Man, I lay in my bed at night and I dream about this season. I really can't wait."

TRIPPING: According to and, Alonso's Anthony Chickillo and Berkeley Prep's Nelson Agholor visited Florida on Friday; Armwood's Josh Grady checked out USF. … Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Nick Newton, a 2010 sleeper, is visiting Colorado State for a one-day camp this weekend. The Rams have already offered. Another local product and Ram target, East Lake wide receiver Tyler Higbee, was trying to make it to the same camp.

Recruiting notebook: Countryside's Dixon getting serious about college choice 07/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2010 10:47pm]
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