When Hagerty athlete Jaquavis 'Qua' Dixon received his first scholarship offer from Akron during practice Wednesday, he was so excited he couldn't even remember the name of the coach who offered him.
"I was so shocked. When he offered me I had to hurry up and go back into a drill," Dixon said. "I was lost for words. I didn't even know what to do. It was so unreal my mind was everywhere.
"I had way more energy then [at practice]. My whole life just changed."
Dixon has always thought of himself as a top-notch college prospect and he's shown he has the ability to play at the next level. He plays both safety and wide receiver for Hagerty head coach Phil Ziglar.
He was so pumped up that he wasn't even sure what position the Zips would like him to play.
"I think DB, but I don't even know. I didn't even ask," Dixon said. "He offered me and I was just ... my brain wasn't functioning."
Hagerty did not throw the ball much last season and Dixon had 12 catches for 212 yards and no touchdowns in seven games. On defense, he averaged four tackles per game and had one interception and a forced fumble for the Oviedo school.
He's an exceptional athlete with good speed and has good hands. At 6-foot-2, 180 Dixon has decent size, and he likes to hit. He has gained 20 pounds over last season.
"The mission is not over, but I finally made it; I have an offer from the D-1 level in the MAC conference," Dixon said. "And for sure there are more to come."
He's been under the radar so far, but he's hoping that will not last much longer.
"I believe I'm going to emerge real soon," Dixon said. "Either in the spring game I will emerge from under the radar, or in the fall. I didn't get enough exposure last year, but I believe I'll get more this year."
Hagerty faces off against Lake Mary on Friday night in the Huskies spring game in a Seminole County Athletic Conference doubleheader at Oviedo. The home-standing Lions face Seminole in the other game.
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