Four-star tight end Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) has signed his national letter of intent to play football for USC, according to 247Sports Scott Schrader.
The top tight end in California, Dixon committed to USC at the US Army All-American game on January 4th and has not looked back since, despite speculation that his recruitment would continue well after his verbal was given.
The thought was that UCLA would run hard after the 6’4, 220 athlete. However, the Bruins never made any head way and Dixon became more and more solid towards the Trojans as time passed. After nearly every coach on Steve Sarkisian’s staff joined Dixon on in-home visits, Dixon reaffirmed his commitment. He then cancelled a planned visit to UCLA, effectively shutting down his recruitment and ensuring that he would remain a Trojan.
Dixon is Rival’s fifth-ranked tight end in the country and the 17th ranked overall player in the state. ESPN has him ranked even higher, as the best tight end in the nation while 247Sports puts him second.
In his senior year, Dixon caught 63 passes for 740 yards with an average of 11.7 yards. He finished his high school career with 88 receptions, 1106 yards and six touchdowns.
At USC, Dixon should compete for immediate playing time. With the departure of Xavier Grimble, the Trojans have just two scholarship tight ends, both of whom will be upper classmen this coming season. Beyond that, Dixon will be expected to become a big time player and could very well develop into USC’s second Mackey Award winner. After all, Austin Seferian-Jenkins set records at Washington in Steve Sarkisian’s offense and won that very award in 2013.