The recruiting dead period is finally over, so college football coaches can now officially reach out and visit with recruits. The Michigan Wolverines coaching staff has sent out a few offers since the dead period lifted, with the most recent offer going to 2021 four-star wide receiver Cristian Dixon.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pounder from Santa Ana, California plays for football powerhouse Mater Dei. He is a national prospect, with other offers from Notre Dame, USC, LSU, Auburn, Oregon, Florida State, Utah, Texas A&M and more.
Dixon received his offer from offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, he told Maize n Brew.
“Yes (that was my first time talking with Gattis). He was great,” Dixon said. “He was straight forward with where he feels I fit in there. I always appreciate that in a coach.”
Now with the offer secured, Dixon said he is interested in learning more about the program and getting on campus at some point in the future.
“Yes I am (interested). My mother is a fan of the coaching staff,” Dixon said. “I do plan on getting down there for a visit.”
It’s always good news to hear the kid’s mom is a fan of the coaching staff. Specifically, Dixon says his mom has “a lot of respect” for head coach Jim Harbaugh. You would think with the family being from California, some of that respect may have come from his days with the San Francisco 49ers. However, Dixon said the respect came “probably before” that.
The family may be familiar with Harbaugh, but Dixon admits he hasn’t talked a whole lot with the head coach in his time as a college prospect. With Gattis extending the offer and the wide receiver board not exactly clear at the moment, that is likely to change.
In terms of what he is looking for in his future school, Dixon said he is “just looking for the right fit where I can get better and play. Kinda waiting to see where coaches end up and what the roster will look like for when I get there.”
One thing that won’t be a factor in Dixon’s recruitment is distance. In fact, he said “I kinda want to go away and experience something different from California.”
As of now, Dixon does not know exactly when he wants to make his final decision, but it will be sometime around the beginning of his senior year.
“I want to focus on senior year. I’d like to be getting ready for college at that point, not trying to figure out where I’m going,” he said.
Dixon plans on graduating from high school this December so he can sign and enroll early with his future college.
Dixon is the No. 24 wide receiver, No. 12 player in the state of California and No. 124 overall player on 247Sports’ composite.