When Travell Dixon was selecting a school coming out of his sophomore season at Eastern Arizona College, coach John O’Mera tried to point the 6-foot-1, 191-pound cornerback toward Washington.
O’Mera has a connection with the Huskies and thought Seattle would be a good fit for the Miami native. However, by the time the coach mentioned a move to Washington, Dixon was already too far down the road with Alabama.
So, when things didn’t work out with the Crimson Tide -- Dixon left the program in August -- O’Mera wasn’t surprised to see him land at Washington.
“We knew kind of going in that he didn’t like it there in the spring,” O’Mera said. “But, of course, we encouraged him to give it a shot. It just wasn’t a fit for him there in the fall and he wasn’t happy.”
Since Dixon’s transfer to Washington happened during Eastern Arizona’s season, O’Mera hasn’t had much of a chance to talk to the defensive back about his decision. What O’Mera did say, though, is the Huskies are getting a good player.
“He was one of the best junior college corners in the country,” O’Mera said. “He’s a big, physical kid who can run. He was a dominant player for us.”
While Dixon took a circuitous path to Washington, he might be the first of a few players from Eastern Arizona to end up playing for the Huskies.
“Coach [Dan] Cozzetto has helped us a lot,” O’Mera said. “We’ve wanted to get them a player or two and get something going where they can help us and we can help them on a couple of other guys. It’s working, because they’re talking to a couple of kids off this year’s team.”
The Huskies are currently gathering more information on running back Mike Bellamy, who started his career at Clemson before being ruled academically ineligible in May, running back Jamal Satchell and defensive end Quinton Brown.
“We have a couple of guys who might be able to play at that level,” O’Mera said.