Ole Miss gets commitment from four-star linebacker Breon Dixon

Published 2:05 pm Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ole Miss got a much-needed boost to its recruiting class Sunday.

Linebacker Breon Dixon verbally committed to the Rebels during halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Florida. A standout at Grayson High in Loganville, Georgia, Dixon is a consensus four-star prospect and is in line to be the first four-star linebacker in the 247Sports Composite ratings to sign with the Rebels during Hugh Freeze’s tenure.

Dixon, who ultimately chose the Rebels over Louisville, gives Ole Miss a pledge at a position in need of a talent upgrade. DeMarquis Gates is the only linebacker returning who had more than 44 tackles this season while Rommel Mageo, a graduate transfer who started the last four games at middle linebacker, is out of eligibility.

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The 6-foot, 218-pound Dixon joins Riverdale High (Louisiana) standout Josh Clarke and junior college signee Brenden Williams as the linebacker prospects in this year’s class. The versatile Dixon is ranked as the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker prospect by ESPN and the No. 11 inside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite.

Dixon is just the 14th commitment in the Rebels’ class with national signing day a little more than a month away. Four of those — Williams, defensive end Markel Winters, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu and cornerback Javien Hamilton — are junior college prospects who have already signed.

With Dixon’s commitment, the class is ranked 45th nationally by Scout, 48th in the 247Sports Composite and 59th by Rivals.