Hagerty High athlete Jaquavis Dixon has committed to the University of Akron. (CHRIS HJAYS / ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Jaquavis Dixon received his first college football scholarship offer from Akron back in May and the gesture hit home with the athletic Hagerty senior.
After a few months of consideration, Dixon decided last week that he wanted to be part of the Zips and head coach Terry Bowden's program and he decided to commit, and he's already to get on the field.
"I'm very excited. I can't even sleep," Dixon said even a week after having already made his decision.
He has been sold on Akron from Day 1.
"I see myself in the MAC conference and I just have faith in the Zips, plus I like the way the coaches treat me and I know it's a nice environment," Dixon said. "They are recruiting me as an athlete so it will just be however I fit best once I get up there.
"They got a pretty good program going on and everything is organized and everything."
Dixon, an athletic two-way player who sees time at both defensive back and wide receiver for Hagerty, said he wasn't concerned what position he plays in college, just that he's playing.
"I think I can get on the field early because I am determined and I am a hard worker," said Dixon, whose stock has risen since his junior season, helped by offseason workouts with local trainer Lo Wood of Excel Speed Training. "They said if I come in and work hard, anything is possible.
"They like me just as a playmaker and they like my speed."
He said he committed to Coach Bowden over the phone.
"He made me feel very welcome and he said all of the right things to make me feel comfortable with the program," Dixon said.
Dixon will play this season about 20 pounds heavier than what he played as a junior. He's 6-foot-2, 180, has good hands and speed and he likes to hit. He caught 12 passes for 212 yards on offense last season, and he averaged about five tackles a game and had an interception and three pass deflections.
"I'm releived, but I'm still dedicated to my work ethic to keep everything going," Dixon said. "I want to get bigger and stronger this year and continue my academics."
He carries a 3.2 GPA and has already qualified with an 18 on the ACT, but he wants to take it again.
"I want at least a 21," Dixon said.
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