HAMMOND, La. - Reserve (La.) East St. John wide receiver Ricky Dixon has long been considered one of the top players in the state of Louisiana for quite sometime. In a scrimmage on Thursday night against Hammond he did nothing to disappoint.
"Every time I touch the ball, I want to take it to the house," Dixon said. "When the ball is not coming to me I always try to block and spring my guy for a touchdown. I'm all about winning games and blocking will help us do that."
The 6-foot-1.5, 202-pound Dixon attended the NIKE camp in Athens in May where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds, ran a 4.19 second shuttle and posted a 27-inch vertical jump.
"I have it narrowed down to a final five," Dixon said. "LSU, Tennessee, UCLA, Florida State and Florida," Dixon said. "Right now LSU is on top, but I am still pretty much open until I take my visits."
It's very rare that the LSU Tigers offers a prospect in Louisiana and don't pull them in. Dixon looks to continue that trend and rejoin former teammate Ryan Perrilloux in Baton Rouge.
"It's close to home and I really want to stay close to home," Dixon said. "I am over there all the time, I know all about it over there. Ryan has been telling me how much they want me up there and he tells me how much he loves it up there and everything."
As a junior Dixon caught 66 passes for 1, 307 yards for 19 touchdowns. He also picked up 453 yards rushing. Sharing team with two other Division I prospects at wide receiver is not something that Dixon thinks is a disadvantage.
"Sometimes guys try to key on me, which leaves another guy open," Dixon said. "It's good to have these other guys around you. We're not selfish we each want everybody to get their touches so it's not a big deal."
Dixon is ranked as the No. 7 player in Louisiana and the 18 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com.