One of the top sleeper performers at the Gainesville Nike Football Training Camp back in April was Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside defensive tackle Tyrone Dixon. Currently, Dixon is in the midst of Spring Practice.
"Spring Practice is going real good," Dixon said. "It's going real good. We've got a game next week against Ridgeview. I've been trying to work on my speed and all that and doing the agility drill with the SPARQ equipment."
Following his impressive performance on the University of Florida practice fields, Dixon has been getting some increased attention from several schools.
"A lot of schools are showing interest but a lot are waiting on my scores," he said. "Purdue, Auburn, Ball State. I just talked to the coach from Arkansas. Troy and Vanderbilt, I talked to them on the phone. A lot are showing interest but they're waiting on my scores."
Dixon, who is looking for the all-around athletic tradition and academic prestige of a school, has a couple of camps planned for the summer.
"I'm probably going to end up going to the Auburn Camp because I think they're thinking about offering me," he said. "They said it highly depends on how I perform at camp. I'll probably go to the Florida Camp too. Coach Hevesy invited me and a couple of my buddies."
The visit to Auburn will be more than just a football tryout. Growing up in Gainesville, it would seem natural that Dixon would be a fan of the hometown team but the Auburn Tigers managed to make it to the top of his list as a youngster.
"I was always an Auburn fan because my dad was a Gator fan but my mom was a Florida State fan so I didn't want to pick a side so I cheered for Auburn."
Dixon, who says he is currently around 6-1, 280 pounds, is benching 365 pounds and running a 4.9 40.
"I'm a good run-stopper," he said. "Just cause I can get rid of offensive linemen very quickly. I like just being able to hit another person, just the excitement of hitting someone."