Four-star tight end Bryce Dixon out of Ventura’s St. Bonaventure High School is a recruiting priority for the USC Trojans at the moment.
Despite committing to Steve Sarkisian’s Trojans back on January 4th at the Army All-American Bowl, Dixon’s kept his recruitment open enough to entertain the possibility of a flip to the UCLA Bruins. He’s expected to visit Westwood next week, as reported last week.
Thursday night, USC will continue their attempt at securing Dixon’s signature in next month’s Signing Day festivities, as he revealed on Twitter that assistants Marques Tuiasosopo and Peter Sirmon are stopping by the tight end’s place for an in-home visit.
— Bryce Dixon (@ABCDIXON) January 23, 2014
It’s a big visit for the Trojans, as according to multiple reports, Dixon is set on going to college with St. Bonaventure teammate Davonte Nunnery.
Nunnery, a two-star defensive back, has been offered as a preferred walk-on by both USC and UCLA, and is expected to stay local.
As recently as last week, Nunnery tweeted that USC was in his plans, with hopes of being the next Clay Matthews.
With scholarship restrictions in place, the Trojans badly need quality walk-ons, a qualification that Nunnery surely fills. The high price of USC tuition is a side effect of not having a scholarship however, as UCLA is a much more affordable option for a walk-on, making the double flip worrisome for Sarkisian and company.
Moreover, Dixon and Nunnery could be part of a pipeline formation.
On Wednesday, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was at St. Bonaventure to meet with the Seraphs’ prized 2015 quarterback and Bama commit, Ricky Town.
Despite his verbal commitment to the Tide, it’s worth noting that Town was at USC this past weekend on an unofficial visit, and didn’t have much interest in the Trojans prior to the sacking of Lane Kiffin. That, of course, is the same Lane Kiffin that is Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
Saban also stopped by St. John Bosco in Bellflower on Wednesday, checking in on five-star 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen, who could be a fallback option for Alabama if Town were to ultimately flip to the Trojans.
Needless to say, getting Town’s favorite target could only help Sarkisian’s recruiting efforts, making tonight’s in-home visit with Dixon a key one for the Trojans.