Countryside's star corner back Alex Dixon finished the regular season with a milestone victory Friday night. A week after securing the district championship, the cougars beat Largo for their first unbeaten season in team history.
"It feels great, we're the first team to ever do that, and it just shows how hard we work, and that our hard work paid off," said Dixon. "We came out, played as a team and played hard nose football."
Dixon doesn't get thrown on very much, but when he was tested, Alex came up with an interception late in the game, his fourth pick of the year.
"That was nice," said Dixon. "I didn't think he was going to throw the ball, but once it was in the air, I made my break and went up and got it." Dixon added, "I think I did pretty well this season for a corner that doesn't get many balls thrown his way."
On the recruiting front Dixon received plenty of offers, but is still focusing on seven schools,
"Auburn, Florida, Clemson, USF, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee are the schools." said Dixon. "I guess other schools could jump in the picture, but those are the schools that I feel comfortable with, and confident that I could see myself playing for the team."
Dixon has taken one official visit to Kentucky and several un-official visits, including one to USF to watch the Bulls 28-27 win over Rutgers on Wednesday.
"Going to the USF game was a great experience for me," said Dixon. "I got to see how they play at the next level, how the game speed was, and how they look in person. The atmosphere was great, and the fans were really getting into it."
Dixon said that even though he's a defensive player, he enjoyed watching the Bulls on both sides of the ball, but did pay extra attention to the secondary.
"I watched the whole game, offense and defense and like how they played up until the end, it was a real exciting game," said Dixon. "I really watched the secondary and I liked how they DBs flew to the ball, reacted to the ball, the coverage schemes, and just how the corners played."
Dixon made the trip with Countryside defensive coordinator and former Bull LB Pat St. Louis and several of his teammates including CB Denzel Thompson, LB Terry Johnson, Joey Lombardi, and S Serpo Tyler. While at the game Dixon got a chance to speak with the coaching staff before the game, and stayed after to talk some more with the coaches and the players.
"I talked to my DB coach, Coach Smith and pretty much all the coaches including Coach Vaas, and Head Coach Skip Holtz," said Dixon. "They asked me what I thought of the game, the secondary, and if I could see myself playing for them."
"I also got to meet a lot of the players," said Alex. I enjoyed getting the chance to talk with them, and get to know them.
With only one official visit in the books, Dixon is still in the process of setting up his visit schedule.
"My next official visit is this weekend on Nov. 13 at North Carolina, and that'll be my second official," said Dixon. "I'm sure of when my next ones will be just yet. I'm setting one up with Florida probably in late December and I like to get up to Tennessee. I want to take my visits and see what the schools have to offer, I don't want to make a bad decision."
The Countryside stand-out said there is still a visit left up in the air, and one local school is pushing for it.
"USF is trying to get an official pretty hard," said Dixon. "I'm still debating it, it's not anything bad, and I just don't want to set up a visit to a school so close early until I know."
"I like USF," said Dixon. "They're close to home, right down the road, and they're a Florida school so I got to keep them in there. "I lie the Bulls, they're a good program, and I like they're style of defense they play
Dixon says there is no pecking order, but he does know what's important to him in making his decision
"I'm looking at my relationship with the coaching staff, the atmosphere, academics of course, and playing time," said Dixon. "Right now there is no pecking order for the schools, but I still have to make my decision, so I'm going to take my visits and then choose what's best for me."
The Cougars are off for the regular season's final week and will host their first-round opponent Brandon High School on Nov. 19 game at 7:30.
"I'm ready for that," said Dixon. "It's either win or go home, so this is for the big chips now, and where it everything really happens at."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Alex Dixon's visit schedule and the rest of the class of 2011.