Bryce Dixon is a 4-star tight end from California who plays more like a receiver. At 6'4" and 220 pounds, his value comes from his ability to be great in the passing game.
He displays good quickness out of his stance to get up the seams, where he uses his speed to beat linebackers. Dixon has fantastic ball skills, using his soft mitts to pluck passes. He is one of the hottest recruits in California but has narrowed his list, according to Robby Boydstun of eDuck (subscription required).
Dixon will have to weigh the pros and cons of his top schools before making a decision.
The Florida Gators offer Dixon a chance to play in a pro-style offense (generally) against great competition in the SEC. He would be surrounded by talent, plus Florida has a commitment from 5-star quarterback Will Grier.
The program is annually recognized as one of the premier teams in the country, plus Gainesville is a great place to live as a young adult. The fans also support the team with remarkable passion.
Distance is the biggest negative for the Gators in their pursuit of Dixon. Also, Florida has not set the world on fire offensively in recent seasons.
Dixon would fit in well at Oregon due to his speed at the position. The Ducks run an up-tempo spread offense that suits the talented tight end's skill set. He could play for a winning program while staying on the West Coast.
Oregon has an amazing home stadium, plus the athletic facilities are among the best in the country. Although quarterback Marcus Mariota will soon be in the NFL, the Ducks have several talented passers waiting in the wings.
Oregon's uniforms also have to be mentioned.
The weather isn't always great in Eugene. Although Dixon would still be in the Pac-12, he wouldn't be close to the Los Angeles area.
Heritage Hall is not far from home for Dixon, so playing at USC would be a good choice for him. The Trojans usually run a pro-style offense, plus freshman quarterback Max Browne is a future stud.
USC routinely has exceptional talent, and the program as a rare history of winning. The Trojans have an outstanding alumni network, so Dixon would have an opportunity to do well for himself off the field after his playing days.
The Trojans do not have a permanent head coach, so the direction of the program is at a crossroads.
UCLA is another local option for Dixon, as Westwood is a fantastic area to live in. The Bruins run a spread offense that will one day be controlled by freshman quarterback Asiantii Woulard.
Head coach Jim Mora is beloved by his players due to his charisma and energy. UCLA has good facilities, plus its fanbase is larger than many believe. Signing with the Bruins would not be a bad move for Dixon.
If the Bruins continue having success, Mora could be lured back into the NFL.
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Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.