Remember the huge recruiting battle for Travell Dixon when he completed his high school football…
Dixon is headed to Washington
"He'll be able to play against Boise State. We had to make sure all of the stuff checked out and we got all the paperwork done and now he's just got to fly up there and get it started."
Dixon enjoyed a solid two-year career with the Gila Monsters at Eastern Arizona, posting 39 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore in 2011, earning First Team All-American honors in the process.
After his season was complete, Dixon chose to sign with Alabama over offers from schools like Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska and several other schools.
However, once he started to work out, something just wasn't right and after the spring semester ended he decided to leave.
"It was just a situation where he felt like it was the right place for him, but he just didn't feel good once he got there," Yamari said. "It just wasn't the right fit. Alabama is a great program and the coaches there were great, but he just didn't feel comfortable there, so he left and we started to look around."
Other schools came clamoring for Dixon, although his older brother said they didn't want to discuss who it was, saying "you can just assume that pretty much every school that was recruiting him before, when they found out that he was available again, they came after him."
Eventually the two agreed that Washington would be the right place for him.
"There really isn't one thing you can say that was the biggest thing," Yamari noted. "It was just everything and our relationship with the coaches because most of them were recruiting him to their schools when he was at Eastern Arizona.
"We have a great relationship with coach (Keith) Heyward and I think he'll be able to help Travell do the things he needs to do while he's there."
Yamari was a player at Akron a few years ago and was shot and paralyzed for three months, but the two now train together and are as close as brothers can be.
"My mom and my dad and my grandma, they can't travel, so I'm going to be the guy that comes and sees him all the time," Yamari said. "We've been through a lot together and there's a lot of stuff nobody knows about that we've been through, so it isn't like he is a knucklehead or anything. He's a good student, he works hard and he's humble. That's why it's me talking to you and not him.
"He patterns his game after Charles Woodson and Al Harris. He can play corner or safety, but corner is his primary position and with his size and instincts, he's got exactly what everyone is looking for."
Once Dixon enrolls at Washington, he will sit out the 2012 football season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years to play two seasons of football starting next fall and with a full year in the program, he should be able to contribute early to Washington's secondary.
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