With Rutgers having to deal with the loss of Kiy Hester to transfer, the Scarlet Knights have already found an experienced replacement in JUCO transfer Malik Dixon.
Malik Dixon is a 6-3, 215 pound former three-star recruit out of Port Charlotte High School in Florida. Dixon was originally committed to the University of South Florida in 2015, but ended up transferring to Itawamba Community College in 2016. Dixon then made his way to Eastern Arizona College in 2017. According to onthebanks.com, Dixon registered 41 tackles, six interceptions, and a punt return for a touchdown last season.
“You know it feels real good to commit and be able to attend there (Rutgers) early,” Dixon told nj.com. “Me and coach Bill Busch built a real good connection through the recruiting process and it just felt like the best fit for me.”
Dixon comes in as an underrated recruit for the Scarlet Knights. While he was named to the first team all-conference defense in 2017 at EAC, Dixon had gone pretty much unnoticed in his search for a new home.
What Dixon could bring to the Knights
Looking at his game tape on hudl.com, Dixon is at is best in zone coverage, but is not afraid to break from his assignment in order to make a play. One of Dixon’s best features is his impressive pass tracking; he should serve as a major boost to a Rutgers secondary that registered 12 picks in 2017. While not the fastest defensive back on the field, Dixon is able to turn on the jets when he needs to. He is quick to a ball carrier and strong enough to bring bigger players down.
As a post-graduate transfer, Dixon has two years of eligibility left. While he has bounced around the college gridiron, there is no doubt that Dixon will provide some much-needed depth, talent, and experience to this Rutgers secondary.