Posted: 12:22 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Two of Palm Beach County’s most talented receivers made waves this offseason, rising up national recruiting rankings and drawing scholarship offers from the top programs in college football.
As Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon and Cardinal Newman’s Travis Rudolph narrow down their list of school choices, they name Alabama, Miami and Ohio State among their favorites. Each of those schools has a legitimate chance to land one of them.
Could a program add both players?
Miami has at least broached the subject with Dixon, mentioning the possibility of signing both him and Rudolph, Dixon’s former teammate at Cardinal Newman. If they landed Dixon and Rudolph, Miami would have the area’s top three prospects on the PBGametime Big Board and four of the top six. Miami already secured verbal commitments from Santaluces receiver Darrell Langham and Palm Beach Central tackle Kc McDermott.
Other programs take a different approach.
Sources close to the two receivers say Alabama has gained significant ground in both recruiting processes. But the Crimson Tide coaches haven’t talked to the prospects about potentially signing both of them.
“I’m not sure,” Rudolph said when asked if Alabama would take both receivers. “They never talk about other recruits when they’re talking to me.”
Dixon (5-11, 193) said he’ll definitely take official visits to Alabama and Ohio State this fall. He’ll possibly visit Miami as well, if he doesn’t want to visit three out-of-state or farther-away programs. Don’t read into that, Miami fans: Dixon’s seen the Coral Gables campus and Sun Life Stadium enough to know what the ‘Canes have to offer.
The only school Rudolph (6-1, 185) currently lists as a definite on his fall official visit schedule is Alabama, though he’s closely considering a handful of other programs, including Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.
Of the three favored schools Dixon and Rudolph have in common, each has already secured verbal pledges to sign from at least one receiver.
– Alabama got a commitment from heralded Cincinnati receiver Derek Kief.
– Miami locked up Langham and Miami Carol City’s Trayvone Gray.
– Lonnie Johnson and Terry McLaurin have already committed to Ohio State.
What’s more, Ohio State’s also pursuing Dwyer defensive back Shawn Boone, and Dwyer receiver Clint Stephens has Florida and Miami offers.
“I’d love to play with any or all of those guys,” Dixon said. “Like I tell the college coaches, I want to be surrounded by talent.”