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Gophers in Dixon's top three

Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge three-star linebacker Rayfield Dixon took an official visit to Minnesota over the weekend.

Dixon doesn't have a specific timetable for a decision.

“It was good,” Dixon said. “I enjoyed myself up there. I liked it a lot. I enjoyed the players and the coaches.”

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defender learned a great deal about the Big Ten program during his visit.

“I didn’t know that much about Minnesota, but when I got there I learned a lot,” Dixon said. “They are building a lot of new things. They have a lot of businesses up there. They have a lot of Fortune 500 companies up there. It is a place with a lot of great opportunities.”

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill and his staff tried to sell Dixon on an immediate opportunity if he opted to be a Gopher.

“They said that they have a couple of seniors leaving and that I would have a real good chance of coming in and playing early on,” Dixon said. “They didn’t guarantee me anything. They said it is all up to me and how I work when I get up there.”

Dixon spent a lot of time with a pair of native Floridians on the Gophers roster – redshirt freshman defensive end Theiren Cockran and sophomore defensive back Derrick Wells.

“They said that everybody is like family up there,” Dixon said. “They said that everybody gets along really good. They said that they enjoy themselves up there. They enjoy the practices and playing together.”

While the visit went very well and Dixon spoke at length about how much he enjoyed himself, he isn’t quite ready to make a decision.

“I liked it a lot but I didn’t commit,” Dixon said. “They are in my top three. It is Minnesota, West Virginia, and Purdue. They aren’t in any kind of order or anything like that.”

Dixon has one more official visit at his disposal but isn’t sure if he will use it or what the possible destination would be for a trip. He doesn’t have a specific schedule for making a decision.

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