Marcus Dixon has put up some impressive numbers at South Daytona Warner Christian. Last year was the first season he wasn't running sidecar with former Warner standout Breon Allen, and Dixon took advantage.
The Warner running back, who is ranked 63rd in the Sentinel's 2013 Florida Top 100, rushed for 2,213 yards and 38 touchdowns on 217 carries for the Eagles as a junior. That sounds impressive enough. Break it down, however, and the number that stands out the most is his 10.2 yards per carry.
One would think those kind of numbers would have college football recruiters flocking to the little Class 2A school just south of the World's Most Famous Beach on U.S. 1.
Dixon, however, has no scholarship offers. In fact, he says he hasn't even had a conversation wtih any college recruiters.
"Nope, I haven't talked to anybody," Dixon said Monday night. "I guess they're just waiting on me to get through the clearing house and get all of that stuff out of the way. But I'm sitting real good right now. I just gotta get my corp GPA up before I take my SAT."
He also shot down a rumor that he might be transferring to Daytona Beach Mainland High, the Class 6A school with all of the accolades. Warner Christian head coach Andy Price resigned this offseason after 11 years at Warner to take the same position at Titusville, but Dixon said stay at Warner with new coach Steve Allen.
"It effected me because I've been with that coach for a while," Dixon said of Price. "But my new coach, he knows just as many people and he’ll help me out a lot. I'm gonna stick it out with my team I already have here and help us make it back to the state championship game again ... and get a ring this year, hopefully."
Warner has had plenty of its own accolades recently. The Eagles had been to the state championship game three straight years before falling out in the playoffs this past season to eventual champion North Florida Christian, a 69-0 winner over St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut inthe title game.
"Yea, we missed out but we played against a really, really good team, North Florida Christian," Dixon said. "Thye were real good so they deserved to win. We fought hard and tried to do what we could ... they just started pulling away."
Though he has no offers yet, Dixon still has an idea of what schools he would like to see offer him. He likes Miami, Auburn and UCF and "hopefully I'll get to go somewhere that they like to run the ball a lot ... Alabama, Clemson, teams like that."
His interest in UCF is heightened by his desire to stay close to home so he can be near his grandparents, with whom he lives, while he is also friends with former teammate Taylor Oldham, who signed with UCF last month.
But right now he is more concerned about getting back to the Florida Citrus Bowl.
"I'm just trying to help my team get back to the state championship and help make the underclassmen under me get better ... then hopefully get to go to some college, but mostly help my teammates get better and get where we’re trying to get this year."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun