Posted: 10:12 am Friday, January 18th, 2013

Seminole Ridge LB Rayfield Dixon commits to Minnesota; RB Silas Spearman to visit Boston College 

By Jeff Greer

A new school entered the picture in the final weeks of Rayfield Dixon’s recruiting process. A big-name head coach from another program even came to Dixon’s house. But the program most persistent from the beginning got the coveted verbal commitment from Dixon, a linebacker at Seminole Ridge.

Rayfield Dixon (left) and Silas Spearman helped Seminole Ridge reach its second region final in three years.

Rayfield Dixon (6-3, 200, No. 13 on the Big Board) called Minnesota on Friday morning and pledged to sign the Gophers’ scholarship offer on national signing day. He chose Minnesota over West Virginia and Bowling Green.

“The relationship was big,” interim Seminole Ridge coach Justin Hilliker said of Dixon’s choice. “He really looked at every aspect of the decision and was very thorough.”

Dixon’s announcement was the first of two potentially big recruiting stories from Seminole Ridge, as running back Silas Spearman planned to take his official visit to Boston College and could commit by the end of the weekend.

Dixon took all five of his NCAA-allowed official visits, beginning in late September with a trip to Purdue. He traveled to West Virginia in October and Minnesota and Louisville in December. In January, he visited Bowling Green.

As Dixon neared his final choice, Bowling Green firmly entered the picture. The Falcons had coaches at Seminole Ridge nearly every day, and hoped solid verbal commitments from Dixon’s teammates Jason Shepherd and Omar Pierre-Louis could sway him late in the process.

Earlier this week, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen came to Loxahatchee with former Florida running back Robert Gillespie, who’s the running backs coach at WVU, and conducted what Dixon called a “very good” in-home visit with Dixon and his family.

None of it swayed Dixon, who compiled 89 tackles (16 for loss) and six sacks for Seminole Ridge, which reached its second region final in three seasons.

Now the focus at Seminole Ridge turns to Spearman.

Spearman was excited to arrive at Boston College, where head coach Steve Addazio is expected to offer Spearman a scholarship. If the offer does come, and it’s expected to, it’d be hard for Spearman to pick elsewhere.

“You know, it’s a great school from an educational standpoint and I will be able to compete in the ACC,” Spearman said, “so if everything goes well, I think I have a big decision to make.”