SEATTLE -- With the combination of size and speed at the receiver position throughout the Pac-12, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian wants to bring in long, athletic cornerbacks who can run.
That is exactly the kind of player the Huskies think they have secured in cornerback Travell Dixon.
“He’s obviously got great length at the corner position,” Sarkisian said. “He has tremendous speed, which are two things we’re continually looking for at that spot. Ideally, we’re recruiting 6-foot-or-taller corners who can really run to defend the length in our conference, as well as the speed.
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Miami native is now practicing with Washington after transferring from Alabama.
“In our conference, the more corners, good corners, you have, the better,” Sarkisian said. “Getting a guy with some experience for next year, as we lose Tru (senior Desmond Trufant), I think will be good for us.”
After spending two years at Eastern Arizona College, Dixon enrolled at Alabama in January, but he didn’t find the fit he was looking for in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Things didn’t work out, and we had a scholarship available,” Sarkisian said. “We were able to get him in academically and it fit that way, so we got him on board.”
Washington was interested in Dixon before he enrolled at Alabama, but the Huskies weren’t sure how much of a need they had at the position.
“He probably would have been a real, real priority for us if it wasn’t for Tre Watson and what he brought and what we saw out of him,” Sarkisian said.
While Dixon has to sit out the 2012 season, he will provide a veteran presence with Watson next year. With 6-foot-2 cornerback Kevin King (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd) committed to the 2013 class, Washington continues to work on bringing athletes into its secondary who are as tall as they are fast.