One of Georgia’s top defensive ends switches commitment from one SEC school to another

One of Georgia’s top defensive ends has made a last-minute switch from Mississippi State to Vanderbilt.

There were some interesting circumstances around the flip of Chattahoochee High’s Barron Dixon on Monday.

Around two weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder committed to Mississippi State over Arkansas and Maryland, among others.

However, Vanderbilt had a good feeling about Dixon, maintained contact and urged him to take an official visit. Dixon’s parents also strongly supported a recruiting trip to Vanderbilt.

This past Saturday, Dixon said he was tempted to take a quick trip to Vanderbilt but decided against it because he didn’t want to jeopardize losing his scholarship to Mississippi State. On Sunday, Dixon changed his mind, driving with his family to Vanderbilt for a one-day official visit — the very last day allowed before the signing period under NCAA rules.

And guess what? Dixon ended up switching to Vanderbilt before leaving campus.

“Vanderbilt has a great academic reputation, they play in the SEC, and I have a better chance of playing there earlier than I would at Mississippi State,” Dixon told the AJC. “Vanderbilt is bringing in new coaches and new players, and it’s going to be a new era for the football program. I want to be part of it.”

Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said his phone was ringing off the hook on Monday with coaches from both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt wanting to confirm the switch. Dixon was absent from school because of the trip, but confirmed to the AJC that he will sign with Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

“I talked Mississippi States coaches about it, and they were trying to convince me to stay with them,” Dixon said. “They notified me how much better Mississippi State is in football than Vanderbilt … and how they send more players to the NFL.

“It’s a tough decision, but Vanderbilt is the best situation for me and my family.”

Since committing to Mississippi State on Jan. 13, Dixon said he has had flirtations with Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt, along with Georgia Tech.

“There were some conversations with Georgia Tech but it never got to the point where they offered a scholarship,” Dixon said. “I just didn’t feel like Georgia Tech ran a defensive scheme that was a good fit for me.”

Said Crowder, “Barron is such a big kid and still had a lot of room to grow bigger. At his size, he can really run. That was really appealing to a lot of the colleges.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

56 comments Add your comment

Jborodawg

January 31st, 2011
5:31 pm

I had a brain fart. How ’bout Vandy to the Big East and UCF to the SEC?

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
5:43 pm

Wow. If that’s what suits the kid then good for him. It’s a great institution as far as academics but don’t count on winning a national or SEC title at that school son. Obviously he’s just trying to get a great education. It can’t possibly be about anything more than that.

RecruitingNerd

January 31st, 2011
5:51 pm

Yeah, why go to Vanderbilt when you could go to Mississippi State and compete for national titles…

SuperB

January 31st, 2011
5:52 pm

I wonder if Mississippi State told him how much better their school was academically than Vanderbilt.

D A DoubleU G

January 31st, 2011
5:53 pm

I guess GT didn’t actually offer him, because Coach Johnson is still pulling his double standard and hounding the committed-to-ND Tuitt.

Bwahahahahaha!!!

George Stein

January 31st, 2011
6:00 pm

So it sounds like Johnson isn’t the only one with his no-visits policy.

Your comment makes no sense, D A DoubleU G.

Mark

January 31st, 2011
6:08 pm

Some of you SEC fans are going to be surprised what happens with Vanderbilt under Franklin. He was considered one of the best recruiters in the nation for a reason…he’s good at it. BTW, Mississippi State has 13 guys on NFL rosters and Vanderbilt has 13 as well. That’s hardly producing that many more NFL players, Mississippi State coaches.

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Ramblin Man

January 31st, 2011
6:27 pm

Does Vandy run a 4-3? Confused why GT did not make the offer or how the defense was not a good fit? Good luck to the kid.

justafan

January 31st, 2011
6:36 pm

DA double U G=Stupid………

Down South Jacket

January 31st, 2011
6:39 pm

DA = obsessed with GT

GTBob

January 31st, 2011
6:44 pm

It’s always nice to see a kid make a good decision. A Vanderbilt education is going to take him very far and if he turns out to be NFL material then the NFL will find him. Good for him.

Ramblin Man

January 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

Chip,
Quick recruiting question. With three spots left one would assume the GT coaches are holding one for Cooper and probably still holding out unlikely hope on another Tuitt flip with one left for again I would assume to be another DE. My question is can a recruit that does not sign on 2/2 decide to sign before summer camp or is it all bets off after 2/2? Just curios because I read somewhere that Tuitt was not signing until friday.

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2011
7:02 pm

Central Florida is C-USA. South Florida is the one in the Big East.

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2011
7:08 pm

Let’s clear this up:

“There is a distinction to be made between double standards and hypocrisy, which implies the stated or presumed acceptance of a single standard a person claims to hold himself or herself accountable to, but which, in practice, may be disregarded. Being hypocritical to the double-standard is then a positive example of hypocrisy as well. Albeit, if objectivist reasoning of morality is taken into account, double-standards are themselves a form of hypocrisy since they violate the basic human right of equal treatment.” (from the Wiki)

Got it?

Deuce

January 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

Damian Swann took an OV to USC this weekend. Richt told him to have fun and remember where he came from. He’ll be signing with UGA on Wednesday. The coach down the road should be taking some notes.

collegeballfan

January 31st, 2011
7:12 pm

Just curious but how much money do you make for playing on a national championship football team? Say you are 55 and played on the 1980 UGA championship team. How much is the check you get each month because you played on that team?

Just curious, but when was the last Miss State national title? Was it before or after Vandy’s national title? Was it before or after Georgia’s title?

I know two Vandy grads. Both lawyers. Both have 7 figure incomes.
Neither played on a winning team in their college football careers. Both were offensive linemen, kinda on the smallish side. One is in his late 30’s and the other in his mid forties. And did I mention that both have 7 figure incomes?

So tell me again why someone would not want to play football for Vandy because they do not win national titles.

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2011
7:23 pm

And this:

“Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.”

However:

“The term double standard is a pejorative used to refer to the application of different sets of principles in different situations, thereby implying that a single set of principles encompassing all situations is the ideal.”

Our subject, CPJ has stated that a recruit who commits to his school will lose the offer if said recruit visits another school. Didn’t say anything specific about recruits who have committed to other schools ala an offer/visit to his school.

- Therefore, CPJ not a hypocrite.

Can CPJ be assailed in the perjorative of having a “double standard?”

- No, because he set conditions that apply in a single case, not the opposite case.

Now, back to my Aristotle…

Recruit This

January 31st, 2011
7:28 pm

Deuce so you were standing there and heard the whole conversation? The kid has been listed as soft verbal for awhile I seriously doubt CMR packed him a lunch and told him to have a nice day.

Gen. Forrest

January 31st, 2011
7:29 pm

Collegeballfan, that is one of the only intelligent comments I have seen on these blogs in quite a while. I almost choked when I read “RabidDawgFan”s comments. What a total moron!!! Some people just can’t grasp the concept that you shouldn’t go to college just to play football, and the odds are against any of these KIDS ever playing on Sundays! That’s why I currently have 4 former SEC starting football players that work at my company. None of them makes better than $15 an hour!! I’m betting they wished they had actually focused just a bit more on academics and less on partying and dreaming of Sunday’s. But you see a fresh group of intellectually-challenged kids every year going down that same road. It’s almost as sad as the pathetic “fans” whose entire lives seem to focus around a bunch of kids playing a little boys game (and don’t deceive yourself — these are KIDS we are talking about here, NOT adults!). But a few are smarter than others. Sounds like the kid switching to Vandy has his head straight, or at least is listening to the righjt people. I mean come on, a degree from MSU isn’t worth wiping your a$$ with in the real world!!

UGA fan says what?

January 31st, 2011
7:30 pm

u uzin bigun werds me confuzed.

Ramblin Man

January 31st, 2011
7:33 pm

collegeballfan,
You always seem to be able to drop a knowledge bomb every now and again. Do you know the answer to my question about signing after 2/2?

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2011
7:36 pm

My error; I assumed posters would understand English. Try this:

“Quod commemorauit commiserit tiro scholae suae offer amittet adit si dicta conscribere alia secta. Non dixit de alicuius specialis supplemento commisisse aliis scholis offer causa accedas ad sententiam.”

Folks could read and understand that over 2,000 years ago.

UGA fan says what?

January 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

Enter your comments here

UGA fan says what?

January 31st, 2011
7:49 pm

boy u musten been have one of them thar fanci edumikasions frum hotlanta. I will hav u kno I got an A in finger painting class lass yer and mama says she iz a proud. I play me som good fotball and Coch Richt said I gona be a star and that he ben oh dreaming abut me.

Roger

January 31st, 2011
8:06 pm

Actually, according to that definition, Paul Johnson is a hypocrite.

He pretends that a “commitment” signifies the end of the recruiting process. This pretense manifests itself in the form of his continued recruitment of players committed to schools other than his own.

Tech fans can argue technicalities and semantics until they’re blue in the face, but these recruits and their parents see right through it. Johnson is chopping the legs from underneath his own program.

hmmm

January 31st, 2011
8:30 pm

Roger and Delbert D. COME ON MAN! Look, you hate Tech, we know that. Get over it. Enjoy you’re recruiting. Why keep talking about Tech? And I thought Tech fans were obsessed with UGA? Hypocrite? I think yes

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
8:54 pm

Well first of all General Forrest Gump….why do these kids play football? To sign with a great school with tradition and hopefully go on to play professional football. If a kid signs with Vandy then that’s ruining everything that they’ve every dreamed of which includes winning a national title or an SEC title. Vandy wouldn’t even look right even in the hunt for a title. You wonder why people schedule Vandy as their homecoming game? That’s what I thought. Kids go to schools where national titles have been won or schools that should/could make a huge impact for them. Vandy isn’t that school. Great academic school but nothing else is offered. That’s why I made my statement.

Big Dawg in Cumming

January 31st, 2011
9:00 pm

Who told all the Tech people they were so smart? Most of the ones I have met can’t get out of their own way. If you think you have a “smart” school, more power to you. If you think you have a great coach and football team, you need help. SEC has won the last 5 MNC’s, the ACC doesn’t have a lot of good football teams. UGA has won 9 out of the last 10, AND IT AINT LOOKING GOOD FOR NEXT YEAR!

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
10:11 pm

It’ll be 10 out of 11 after next season. Georgia Tech’s recruiting class sucks and how can they expect to beat us when they just simply don’t have the talent? They can run all the gimmicky plays they want but after a while it’s going to get stale and they’ll have to swtich from that offense. Georgia has faced that offense for 3 years straight and they’ve beaten it twice. They’ll figure it out soon especially with our new 3-4 defense and stop it completely.

Brucerugby79

January 31st, 2011
10:41 pm

Hey Delbert d-i know you were just trying to impress read Matthew chapter 7:5 but hey i understand i have to read it myself all the time

GT Fan

January 31st, 2011
10:42 pm

Rabid …

U R an idiot … 411 yrds rushing, 500+ yards total Offense by GT vs GA in 2010 doesn’t = beating it. The FOUR, yes FOUR turnovers GT committed is what beat GT … not GA’s D you mental midget!

hmmm

January 31st, 2011
10:56 pm

GT Fan, Rabid is a typical Obnoxious, Redneck, Hillbilly, hold on… trying to think of more adjectives to add…. UGA piece of monkey trash. Phew. Ok, enough with the gimmicky offense crap. Auburn runs a gimmicky offense and that whooped you’re arse. Tech put over 500 yards on the bull pupps. Come on man! Tech beat Teach in that game. Yea good luck figuring it out. They dream big in Athens ladies and gentleman. Oh and let’s see how this Stellar recruiting job does come September. 6-7? Here we go again! Fire Richt!!!! HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

WnE

January 31st, 2011
11:02 pm

re:
collegeballfan
January 31st, 2011
7:12 pm
_______________
Did it ever occur to you that those 7-figure LAWYERS are making that because they went on to become LAWYERS?

All Vandy FB did was get them an UNDERGRAD Degree, and other schools including the FB-factories that win MNCs could have also done the same exact thing, and then after that it is up to the INDIVIDUAL to want to go to Law school and then to work hard at being a good Lawyer.

You’re giving Vandy “credit” for what should go to those INDIVIDUALS!

They chose to become lawyers after their CFB Careers ended, Vandy had nothing to do with that, that happens at College that win MNCs all the time.

The point that you thought you were trying to make, you didn’t do a good job of making it.

Sorry pal, better luck next time.

Mitch

January 31st, 2011
11:28 pm

—–Re: Mark “..BTW, Mississippi State has 13 guys on NFL rosters and Vanderbilt has 13 as well…”

I hate to tell you bud but Mississippi State has more like 23 active players in the NFL right now. I am not going to spend the time to count them for you to prove my point, but this I know.

Chip Towers

January 31st, 2011
11:51 pm

Ramblin Man: Tuitt not signing ’til Friday because he’s playing in that Team USA vs. The World game on Wednesday. Recruits can sign a letter of intent up until April. John Jenkins signing on Friday; Curt Maggit on Feb. 10.; last I heard Jadeveon Clowney waiting until his bday on Feb. 14. . . . But don’t be surprised if Tech hangs onto a couple. It’s always nice to be able to reward a deserving walk-on and/or be able to bring in a couple of midyear enrollees next year.

insider not Lowndews25

February 1st, 2011
12:56 am

Will these names be called as DAWGS??? Jenkins, Pagan, Crowell and Richardson?

Here’s one hoping so! Go DAWGS finish the Dream team!

UGA owns you tasty bees..

February 1st, 2011
12:58 am

GT Fan, you really should not point fingers at Rabidawgfan calling him an idiot, when your comment makes you sound like a complete idiot. I guess those FOUR turnovers weren’t involving any UGA players at all, right? Especially that second to last one when Akeem Dent JACKED UP that defenseless pitch-man after that Div. 1AA QB Tevin made the terrific decision to pitch the ball to a guy already getting his lights knocked out. 500+ yards STILL = LOSS , now THATS SAD TECHIES.. Keep holding on to those moral victories.. Just one question though.. How many of those “moral victories” equals an actual “W” ? I’ll come back later and help you take your foot out of your mouth.

mark, mark---TheHairLipDog

February 1st, 2011
8:06 am

Thank you there, big dawg from cumming. You, and others, make our case. You cannot post anything but stupid comments like old uga owns you tasty bees. Thanks for making uga great.

MSUdawg

February 1st, 2011
8:12 am

It’s a good choice by him. He was told he’d have to redshirt and then still compete for playing time beginning in 2012. We might not be deep in every position but we are at the D Line. So he can play right away and get a Vanderbilt education, I can’t blame him. At least while at Vandy he’ll get to beat Ole Miss too.

who cares if I'm

February 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Did Barron Dixon say that he Dixon said he was tempted to take a quick trip to Vanderbilt but decided against it because he didn’t want to jeopardize losing his scholarship to Mississippi State, but went the next day and was offered? Sounds like PJ isn’t the only one with this visit policy.

ucfgt

February 1st, 2011
8:42 am

jborodawg, great suggestion! Especially since South Florida is blocking us from Big East.

DC

February 1st, 2011
8:56 am

I like how he tries to make it appear as if this article is going to talk about UGA

Jackets Rule

February 1st, 2011
9:05 am

UGA fans even with 7 or 8 top ten recruiting classes you have only finished in the top ten 6 or 7 times in the time span so you are doing nothing with those recruits like winning the SEC, going to BCS bowls, etc. In GT’s 9 losses to UGAG over the last ten years we were only a couple of plays away from winning the game at least 4 or 5 times so really we are equal to you as a program. CPJ coaches our players up but your horrible coaches will still be there at least one more year. Also, we have the best academic institution and do not recruit any of the morons that get into your cow college. UGA is an eyesore to college football fans everywhere.

RxDawg

February 1st, 2011
9:18 am

Vandy is a fine place to play ball. If they could get the alumni and administrative support they could really be a force in football. It’s a great campus, it’s a great town and it’s a great degree. I like Vandy, always have. They may have a tall hill to climb but don’t think it can’t be done.

RxDawg

February 1st, 2011
9:23 am

@UGA fan says what?
January 31st, 2011
7:49 pm

At first I thought you were responding to back to Delbert in latin…

RxDawg

February 1st, 2011
9:30 am

“Also, we … do not recruit any of the morons that get into your cow college.”

Another nerd with his head in the sand.

ClemSon

February 1st, 2011
10:17 am

From the info that we heard, GT didn’t pursue Mr Dixon because they do not believe that he would ever be able to qualify to get in Tech

So it appears that Vandy has succumbed to the lower SEC entrance requirements in attempt to be competitive

RxDawg

February 1st, 2011
11:01 am

Or it could be that the info you heard was wrong?

MS Bully

February 1st, 2011
11:20 am

He left Mississippi State because he saw the other people committed to State. He decided he couldn’t handle the competition. Good luck losing every week at Vandy. Just keep on beating Ole Piss every year and make us proud.