Former Cane Dixon Signs with BC
Dixon, a four-year starter for the Canes, answered that question Monday when he signed papers to play for Bluefield College, a private Christian school in Virginia.

Former Cane Dixon Signs with BC

March 28, 2011 | RSS

By Kevin Wadlow

Floride Key's Key Noter

In Coral Shores High School's homecoming football game last fall, a big Champagnat Catholic lineman cast a respectful look at Hurricane linebacker and running back Courtney Dixon.

 

"He just keeps on coming," the lineman said to a Lions teammate. "Wonder where he's going to be playing at college?"

 

Dixon, a four-year starter for the Canes, answered that question Monday when he signed papers to play for Bluefield College, a private Christian school in Virginia.

 

Bluefield head coach Mike Gravier, tasked with launching a Rams football program dormant since 1941, attended the signing ceremony at Coral Shores.

 

"Our recruiting findings are that Courtney is an outstanding football player and an outstanding young man," Gravier said. "We think he will provide a strong foundation for what we are trying to build at Bluefield."

 

The Rams expect to begin workouts in August and play their first full NAIA season in the fall of 2012.

 

Gravier made it a point to scout potential recruits from Florida, renowned as a hotbed of prep football, for his first batch of freshmen players. Playing for a smaller school offers the chance of making contributions immediately, he said.

 

"I'm very excited about going to Bluefield and having the chance to continue playing football," Dixon said. "Coach Gravier seems like a great guy. I'm looking forward to playing for him."

 

Dixon thanked members of the Coral Shores teaching and administrative staff, along with youth coach Richard McCray, for helping guide him through school and sports.

 

In addition to anchoring the Hurricane football defense and emerging as a bruising running back, Dixon played varsity basketball and wrestled at Coral Shores. He was named co-winner of the football Hurricane Award this season for athletic excellence and leadership.