Four-star tight end Bryce Dixon has signed with USC.
Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com broke news of the decision:
#USC gets a much needed tight end commit. Four-star TE Bryce Dixon.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) January 4, 2014
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Dixon is the second-best tight end in the country, the 10th-best prospect in California and No. 116 overall.
The 6'4", 220-pound tight end is good enough to have earned a place in the 2014 Army All-American Bowl:
The steller West US Army All-American bowl selection tour team will be at St. Bonaventure HS to present Bryce Dixon w his jersey tomorrow.— John Schmid (@JohnSchmidUSAAB) September 27, 2013
Dixon is the kind of prospect that leaves recruiters and head coaches drooling. The product of St. Bonaventure High School is a good mix of raw ability and actual talent. He's got great hands for a tight end and has an ability to find the ball in the air and snatch it out the sky.
In addition, the physical tools are all there. He has enough power to handle opposing linebackers, but his speed will create mismatches in the secondary.
The one concern you might have with Dixon is his size. Weighing 220 pounds when you're 6'4" is acceptable when you're a wide receiver, but it isn't for a tight end. While the position is becoming dominated more and more by athletic freaks, Dixon could stand to add a little more bulk. Where he is right now, he'd get bullied at the line of scrimmage.
It shouldn't be a big problem, since getting on a more regular strength and conditioning program should allow him to build some additional muscle.
Tight ends are becoming more and more like wide receivers, and Dixon no doubt fits that mold. With the right coaching, he could be one of, if not the best tight end in the country in a few years. It's a matter of him fulfilling his massive potential.