Rutgers football added another member of its 2018 recruiting class on Friday night, as JUCO cornerback Malik Dixon announced he was committing to the program.
Dixon was a 3-star recruit out of high school and his collegiate career began at South Florida under former coach Willie Taggart, where the Florida native redshirted his first year. He then suffered a season ending injury with a torn labrum during the first game of his second year. He ended up leaving the program after Charlie Strong took over the Bulls, where he was being asked to move up to linebacker. This past fal,l Dixon was at Eastern Arizona junior college, where he made First Team All-Conference in the secondary. Per Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media, Dixon registered 41 tackles, grabbed 6 interceptions and had one punt return for a touchdown. Oregon and Marshall were reported as Dixon’s other current offers.
This is great news for Rutgers, who needed to add depth in the secondary for next season. Adding Dixon was a solid win for head coach Chris Ash and assistant Bill Busch. The 6’4”, 215 pound Dixon will bring a physical presence to the Rutgers secondary and told Hunt that the plan is for him to play at the nickel position. He will also reportedly join the program in the spring, which will give him an opportunity to get acclimated and hopefully result in him making a big impact on the field in the fall.