2014 DB Derrick Dixon stepping up

The Texas high school football playoffs are approaching, and 2014 defensive back Derrick Dixon (Dallas/Skyline) is in the process of turning his game up a notch.

Dixon has been a steady contributor for Skyline’s secondary, accounting for 31 tackles, three pass deflections, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Offensively, he doesn’t get many touches, but when he rushes, he makes things happen. He’s rushed nine times for 131 yards -- a 14.6 yards-per-carry average -- and three touchdowns.

It’s an attitude that seems to be contagious for a Skyline team that were 90 seconds from advancing to last year’s Texas Class 5A Division I state championship. Skyline lost to eventual state champion Southlake (Texas) Carroll after being ahead by 10 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.

“Everything’s good right now,” Dixon said, “but I think we can be much better. I just feel we’re having fun, but we need to get straight down to business.”

Dixon admitted that he’s been more focused this year, and he’s using that focus to help cause turnovers and be an all-around threat for Skyline. West Virginia first took notice of the 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety earlier in the season, becoming the first school to extend him an offer.

“I like how they’re rolling with everything,” Dixon said of West Virginia. “Their defense could be a little better, but I feel I could become an impact player in college. I just want to be that guy to step up and make plays.”

Dixon is an athletic, hard-hitting defensive back. He bench presses 255 pounds and squats 385. When he’s not playing football, he’s a participant on the relays for Skyline’s track and field team.

As the playoffs come, he only has one goal, and that’s to finish what Skyline started last year.

“I just want my team to be happy,” he said, “and to get a ring.”