2015 Stats: Dixon redshirted last year.
Position on Depth Chart: Malik is listed as Jaymon Thomas’s backup at strong safety following spring practice.
How He Came To USF: Dixon played wide receiver and safety at Port Charlotte High School. We’d love to tell you what kind of stats he recorded for the Pirates, but the ones we could find were very incomplete. We do know he was an All-Suncoast Area defensive player his senior year, and we do know he was committed to C.Florida for a long time. However, he flipped to USF very late in the 2015 cycle and signed with the Bulls on signing day.
Here are Malik’s senior and junior highlight reels from Port Charlotte:
Recruiting Rankings: Dixon was a three-star prospect on all the major recruiting sites (247, Rivals, ESPN, and Scout).
Projected Playing Time: Strong safety might be the most wide-open position on the entire team, and none of the candidates have much college experience. Dixon will be battling with not only Thomas, but with true freshman Craig Watts, arguably USF’s top class of 2016 recruit, when he arrives this week. Everyone could get some early playing time, but how much Malik gets after that will depend on who wins the strong safety job — and if he doesn’t, whether he can contribute on special teams.
Follow Him On... Malik is on Twitter at @MalikDixon_. None of the Instagrams for people named Malik Dixon look like they belong to him.