February 8, 2009

Dixon and Austin are Black Knights

COACHES SPEAK OUT

For running back Marcus Dixon out of Stamford (CT) Stamford HS, he will not have to travel too far to attend college. And when it comes to watching him play, his family will be able to enjoy comfortable ride down the interstate to make their way to Michie Stadium home of the Army to see the newest Black Knight for the class of 2009.

However, distance is not the most familiar part of Dixon's eventual transition, but it is all about the name. Dixon's Stamford high school's nickname bears witness to who he will be playing college ball for and that's the Black Knights. "It is ironic that the high school I attend and the college I will be playing for have the same names," says a laughing Dixon, when GoBlackKnights.com interviewed him back in June, 2008.

But for the 5-foot-11, 195 pound Dixon, the journey for family and friends coming to see him play at Michie, will be a lot easier than Dixon's journey to get to West Point. "Marcus had a tough background growing up, and was eventually adopted," shares Stamford High School Head Coach, Kevin Jones. "But he turned his life completely around and is a great kid and great success story."

When asked to elaborate on Dixon as a ball player, Jones was quick to replay. "He's a great ballplayer, tough running back and tough hitter," declares Jones, who was in attendance when Dixon signed and officially committed to Army on Signing Day.

According to Chris Melvin of Eliterecruits.com and home of the BigTime Football Showcase and the Elite Combine, "Army is getting a good player and a very good athlete."

With offers from Navy and Bowling Green, when it came to signing day, wide receiver Brian Austin said yes to Coach Ellerson and the Black Knights.

Austin, will not only factor into the receiving came for Army, but speed and breakaway talents, will add value to the special teams as both a kick and punt returner. "He has exceptional speed," shares North Allegheny High School Head Coach, Art Walker. "He sat our school record in the 100M (3rd in the state) with a time of 10.5, but also has good quickness … so when I say he is a legitimate 4.4 guy, he is."

Although only 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Walker believes that the speedy athlete has the maturity to with stand the physical aspect of the college game. "He is compact and lean, and has been on the varsity since a freshman, where he lettered and started for three years," confirms Walker. "He is very strong for his size. He benched 225 pounds thirteen times and is a tireless worker … and leads by example.

Austin is the second player in two years to commit to Army, where Zack Watts who is now at the USMAP will be joining Austin (direct admit) as a Black Knight teammate this upcoming season.


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