Huskers get a surprise in Dixon

2013-02-06T12:10:00Z 2014-04-12T23:38:50Z Huskers get a surprise in DixonBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star

When the coach put his head on the pillow Tuesday night, he truly believed Tre'vell Dixon was going to sign with Arizona State the next day.

But, man, you just never know in this crazy recruiting game.

Especially not in the case of Dixon, the Louisiana athlete who committed to Nebraska not once, not twice, but thrice.

The third one is the one that will take.

What turned Dixon back Nebraska's way?

Marquis Newsome, the coach at West St. Mary High in Baldwin, La., had noticed Dixon having a long talk with the school principal at a basketball game Tuesday night.

"Our principal is a very spiritual man and he didn't tell him who to sign with," Newsome said. "But he said, 'Pray about it. Wait until the morning. Whatever's on your mind, that's where God wants you to go to.'"

So Dixon, who a long, long time ago was Nebraska's first commitment in this class, did just that.

Prayed. Woke up. Then he went to his closet and picked out a fitting wardrobe.

"He walked in with a Nebraska shirt and a Nebraska hat and a smile on his face," Newsome said.

Dixon handed his coach a Husker shirt, too.

One day after reports that he planned to sign with Arizona State, Dixon faxed his letter of intent to Nebraska.

It was the third time in the recruiting process he picked Nebraska.

A potential wide receiver or defensive back, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Dixon actually committed to Nebraska a week before Signing Day — 2012 Signing Day.

But Dixon put himself back on the market last summer after Corey Raymond, the Husker position coach who had recruited him, left for LSU.

The recruiting game played out for a while. Dixon started to bond with NU's new secondary coach, Terry Joseph. (Dixon will begin his Husker career at wide receiver, according to offensive coordinator Tim Beck.)

Dixon bonded enough with Joseph that Jan. 20 he committed to Nebraska again.

It wasn't a done deal, though. He made a quiet trip to Arizona State last weekend. By Tuesday, quoted Newsome as saying it appeared the Sun Devils were the choice.

Then some prayer and a change of heart.

"It was a tough decision for him to make, but he made the right decision," Newsome said.

Dixon told the Journal Star it was a relief to have this behind him.

"Nebraska was my first offer … and I don't think I'd have a problem living there for the next five years of my life," he said.

Dixon called Joseph and Bo Pelini later in the morning to tell them the news, talking to the coaches for about 15 minutes.

With it, Nebraska had its 26th recruit in this class.

Newsome could see immediately it was a weight off the player's shoulders.

"This is the first time I actually could see him enjoy the process of recruiting," he said.

Reach Brian Christopherson at or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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