The Rebels may have missed out on 5-star RB Cam Akers, who committed to Florida State last week, but they continued to work to address areas of concern from the 2016 season. 4-Star Under Armour All-American LB Breon Dixon committed to the Rebels on Sunday at halftime of the high school all-star game. Dixon’s decision came down to Louisville and Ole Miss, and the 6’0, 215-pound linebacker chose the Rebels. Dixon comes to Ole Miss by way of Grayson High School in Georgia, the same school that produced Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche.
After the 2016 season, the Rebels had a lot of questions heading into the offseason, and everyone including Dixon was curious what they would do to fill the numerous vacancies on the coaching staff. When Ole Miss hired Wesley McGriff as their new DC, Dixon took notice.
“When I was looking into it, I really feel like Louisville had that edge over [Ole Miss], but when they hired Coach McGriff that changed. He’s like a father figure, and he really looks out for his players, and he has a plan for me.” Dixon told rivals.com.
The linebacking core was no doubt a disappointment for the Rebels in 2016, but leading tackler DeMarquis Gates will return in 2017. Gates had 77 tackles, and second on the team was Rommel Mageo with 44 tackles, but will not be on the field for the Rebels in 2017. Dixon joins incoming linebackers Brenden Williams and Josh Clark in the Rebels 2017 class, and Dixon told Rivals about the opportunity to see the field being a part of his decision.
“I feel like at Ole Miss I can come in and compete for playing time and maybe even start. The chance to do that at an SEC school is something that you can’t pass up on.”
With National Signing Day a little over a month away, the Rebels still have work to do as their 2017 class currently sits at 59th in the country, and 13th in the SEC.
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