Mobile Christian School (Alabama) star Sterling Dixon, the nation's No. 6 linebacker, set Thursday's commitment date back in late October.
This week, he solidified those plans with a scheduled commitment at 3 p.m. CT at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
But first, Dixon spent the weekend with the Alabama Crimson Tide, visiting for the Iron Bowl.
"Honestly, I went in expecting it to be a normal thing," Dixon said. "I usually go down to Alabama and we have a good time. It's always fun and always feels like a place I want to go to. I didn't expect what it was going to be at all. The Iron Bowl kind of helped me envision myself there even more... getting there early and bonding with the players and coaches and some of the commits."
"It was crazy. The atmosphere was crazy, the fans were crazy, the atmosphere was hype and the fans were amazing."
One of the aspects that boosted the trip for Dixon was the chance to connect with former Mobile Christian teammate and current Alabama redshirt freshman Deontae Lawson.
"He spent a lot of time with me, and just waked me through how it was there to be a student-athlete and how early I could get on the field," Dixon said.
But that doesn't mean the Crimson Tide have it wrapped up.
Two other SEC programs have been standouts for Dixon, including the LSU Tigers.
"Their coaching staff treats me really well," he said. "They treat me like family. I like how they use their players. They're creative. With them, I could get on the field, because I've got position versatility. If you are good, they are going to create a way to put you on the field."
Despite a coaching change, the Auburn Tigers have also continued to push and coach Hugh Freeze has made Dixon a massive priority in his first days on the job.
"Auburn is way up there," Dixon said. "Coach Freeze has called me every day. He called me (Wednesday). He was trying to get me to wait on my commitment if it isn' them so I can build a relationship. Auburn is definitely a top school."
Only a high school junior, the Mobile Christian product said he plans to enroll early, but clarified that he won't arrive on campus until next January, cutting his senior year short by about six months.
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