This is the third and final part of the recruiting profiles leading up to Wednesday’s big national signing day. Take a look at top-ranked junior college cornerback Travell Dixon:
TUSCALOOSA — Respect is the cornerback’s ultimate motivator.
Earn too much, though, and the action goes elsewhere. That’s what Eastern Arizona College’s Travell Dixon learned last fall as the nation’s top junior college cornerback.
The same dominance that landed him a spot in Alabama’s signing class discouraged opponents from throwing his way.
“A lot of times he’s bored because we put him on the best and he locks him up and takes him away,” said John O’Mera, Dixon’s coach at Eastern Arizona. “It’s tough to evaluate him because somebody would try him every once in a while and he’d pick it. It was probably a boring year for him because not many people attempted to try him.”
At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds with a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash, he makes it hard for anyone to blame them.
That size makes him a logical candidate to replace the 6-3, 190-pound Dre Kirkpatrick, who left school a year early for the NFL draft.
Kirkpatrick also saw fewer balls thrown his direction as he proved himself in Tide coach Nick Saban’s defense, which is known for producing top defensive backs.
Saban also has a reputation for selectively recruiting junior college talent he thinks can contribute immediately.
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