We're nearly out of the 70s already...what kind of witchcraft is at work here? With 71 days left until the much-anticipated opener, today we'll look at a numberless noob who could wear the #71 jersey for the Broncos in the future—Austin Dixon
#71, Austin Dixon, True Freshman, OT
Weight: 265 lbs
High School: Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Dixon represents a growing Arizona pipeline for the Broncos—and it's no surprise that Scott Huff, an Arizona native himself, has the arid state as his primary recruiting grounds. Dixon jumped on the blue and orange wagon fairly close to signing day and held on for the final week or so until he could make it official. A 3-star offensive tackle at Corona del Sol, and the number one rated OT in the state, the big man was named All-Section and All-City first team as a senior, all while helping his squad to the Arizona state playoffs. Dixon also played volleyball for his high school, which leads me to believe we'll see him spiking defensive ends in the near future. Aside from Dixon's Bronco offer, he'd fielded offers from Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico State, Purdue, Weber State, and Wyoming. Enough jibber-jabber though—let's see what the kid can do.
We'll need him in case of a zombie apocalypse.
Other Bronco Big David Wacker
All-section and All-city first teamer as a senior. Named a "scholar baller" at Corona del Sol for having a GPA above 3.5.
True freshman O-lineman are pretty easy to profile because, c'mon...they're redshirting. Dixon would be no different even if he did come in at his playing weight...which according to his bio, he is not. He's a big-bodied "sure tackle" with room to grow, but at 265 (ish), he has a little way to go before he's at an ideal playing weight and I'd like to say 20 lbs. needs to be added at a minimum. So, frankly Dixon should have a pretty sweet redshirt year...he's going to be fed prodigiously and has the luxury of learning from some of the upperclassmen before he'll really be called upon to gear up. When Dixon does gear up, I think he's going to be a good one...he has the long frame and wingspan that's coveted among OTs and if he has enough athleticism to play volleyball, probably can move pretty well. Heck, the hudl tape at the top of the page pretty much confirms that. So, he's a project in terms of getting his bulk up, but not much of anywhere else. His recruiting-classmate Ezra Cleveland has similar dimension and skill set and I think the two could form one heckuva tackle tandem when all is said and done. In the meantime, hit the buffet line and absorb the playbook, kid.
Is he on Twitter?
He is (@Dix6n), but as he's more of a re-tweeter so enjoy this tweet featuring Austin instead.
Completely made up fact
Dixon was motivated to play high school volleyball not because of his height, but his love of Top Gun