The Pelican State of Louisiana always has its fair share of great players. LSU can't get them all but the Bayou Tigers do get their fair share top in-state talent. One of the South's and perhaps the nation's top wide receivers has eyes for one western school and who knows by the time summer rolls around maybe even more.
Wide receiver Ricky Dixon (6-3, 208, 4.5) from Reserve (La.) East St. John is the player and UCLA is the school. Dixon is very open at this time and in the early going has mentioned a desire to leave the state for his college ball.
Dixon has offers on the table from home-state favorite son LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State and UCLA.
He is already getting handwritten letters from the likes of UCLA, Clemson, Tennessee, Arkansas and K-State.
Dixon has an early top list of Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and UCLA.
The one western school (UCLA) looks good in the early going.
"UCLA is one of my top schools," Dixon said. "I've talked to Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and he asked me if I would get homesick and if not would I be interested in coming to UCLA."
"Then we talked about taking an official visit," Dixon said. "Coach Bieniemy told me I would be hosted by Chris Markey."
"I don't think I would be homesick," Dixon said. "I wouldn't mind leaving the state for college."
"Coach Bieniemy is a real cool guy," Dixon said. "He seems to be really down to earth."
When an athlete is presented with as many opportunities as Dixon will have there is a good chance that favorite schools can change.
The word was Dixon was going to play to quarterback this season for East St. John but a recent transfer to the school will allow Dixon to play wide receiver the position that will earn him his scholie.
Dixon is a highlight play waiting to happen. As a junior Dixon caught 66 passes for approximately 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 450 yards and nine more scores.
For his performance Dixon was selected first-team all-parish, first-team all-district and second-team all-state.
Dixon is also an outstanding track athlete who participates in the 400-meter, 4x400 and throws the javelin.