Offer Watch: Charlotte OT

Offer Watch:  Charlotte OT

Duke always makes a case for, and has enjoyed success recruiting in-state linemen in nearly every class since Coach Cutcliffe took over. In 2015 several prospects from the Old North State are working for offers including this Charlotte area standout.

"Right now I am 6-foot-5 and weigh approximately 280 pounds," said Charlotte (N.C.) Providence standout lineman Grant Dixon. "My best forty time is 5.4 seconds, and I'm mostly being recruited as an offensive tackle on either side of the line."

Up until this summer, Dixon has played guard for Providence, but says his coaches have told him it's time for him to move to the outside. A number of smaller schools have taken notice and jumped in with early offers, but more are likely on the way.

"I currently hold offers from Georgia State, Tennessee State, Mercer, Coastal Carolina, and Gardner Webb. I am also hearing the most from Duke, NC State, Clemson, Furman, Wake Forest, James Madison, UNC, Appalachian State, and Wofford."

Those interested parties have mentioned that a strong camp sessions would certainly go a long way in terms of an offer materializing, which is why Dixon doesn't expect to narrow things down until much later in the summer.

"I'd really like to have a better idea of where things are with the various schools and options before I do anything to narrow my list down. I will be going to camp at almost every school on my list, but some I will only be visiting. I plan to visit Georgia State in June, and I would love to make a visit to all of the schools that have offered me by the end of the summer, I think that is very important. I will be going to camp at Duke, NC State, Clemson, UNC, Wofford, Furman, UNCC, and Appalachian State.

Certainly there is a common theme developing with Dixon's list, and it completely geographic - and there's a reason for that…

"Distance will definitely play a large role in the choice I make. I want my family to be able to come see me play without it being a huge sacrifice for them, and I would like to be able to travel to and from home without it being a big ordeal. I am very fortunate that the majority of the schools that are interested in me are also fairly close, so I don't have to worry about that as much."

Duke is not only a local program, but also one that has enjoyed quite a lot of success - both on the field and on the recruiting trail in the Charlotte area. For his part, Dixon has taken notice.

"I have been in communication with Coach Latina and Coach Jones, who is my area recruiter, the most. Based on what Coach Latina and Coach Jones have told me, if I come to camp with the right attitude and perform to the expectations they have for a Duke lineman, and how they would like to see me play, there is a chance that they will offer me."

The initial interactions coupled with a visit or two, have formed some strong opinions it seems.

"Duke doesn't have many downsides. I visited a couple months ago and spent a lot of time learning about their program and their philosophies as well as their attitude towards their players, and I knew right away that Duke was different. From the football aspect, Duke is very similar to Providence. The theory is almost exactly the same. They want to keep it simple, play hard, play fast and smack the defense on every play. That's Providence. Hard, fast, physical and simple."

"Every aspect of football life there reminded me of Providence, and that was awesome. From the academic standpoint, there are very few places where you will get a Duke quality education, and have the opportunity to play the caliber of football that they do. My education is going to carry me through life, not my ability to block. Duke wants you to take full advantage of that education, not waste it, and that's important. I want to get just as much out of my education that I do from football. I believe that the coaches at Duke want to send you out as a better person than you were when you got there and I value that more than anything."

For their part, the Duke coaches have told Dixon what they like about him on film, and what they will be looking for when he camps.

"We haven't gotten too in-depth, but Coach Latina likes that I bend well, have good feet and I have the tools to play pretty much anywhere on the line, which I am willing to do. I could potentially play guard at first, but then move to tackle, or vice versa."

As for his senior season, Dixon says he's working towards some individual and team goals, with a few dates circled on the calendar.

"I'm looking forward to August 22nd when we play Summerville at home. We are so much farther ahead as a unit now than we were last year, so now we have time to really focus on the small things and prepare for the season. We are a very young team, and the only thing that worries me a little is depth, especially on the line. However, the younger guys have really stepped it up and taken their responsibilities to heart which is an awesome thing to see."

"Overall, I think we be solid in terms of depth as we transition from teaching and learning to perfecting and going full speed. I will be playing left tackle this upcoming year, and possibly a little 3-technique on defense, but we have a very full, strong D-line so it just depends on how much I am needed.

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