Cellular Christian defensive standout Sterling Dixon, one of many state’s high sophomore recruits, will miss the remainder of the 2021 highschool soccer season.
The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Dixon instructed AL.com on Tuesday morning that he tore his labrum in a Sept. 3 win over Escambia County and had surgical procedure final week.
“It feels nice now,” he stated. “I really feel manner higher since surgical procedure. I can nonetheless transfer it. I’ve simply obtained to heal and are available again able to play subsequent yr.”
Dixon was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team a year ago when he registered 89 complete tackles, together with 29 for a loss. He additionally had 9 sacks.
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His coach, Ronnie Cottrell, has in contrast Dixon to a pair of men he coached at Florida State, Seminole legends Peter Boulware and Andre Wadsworth. He additionally stated Dixon has extra provides at this level in his highschool profession than present Alabama freshman and former Cellular Christian star Deontae Lawson had on the similar time in his profession.
“He’s only a dynamic participant,” Cottrell stated of Dixon. “We miss him a lot. He simply made performs. What’s superb is his maturity. He has continued to steer the workforce even with an harm. He’s an important encourager. I do know it’s been laborious for him. He hasn’t missed a lot time in his profession. We simply need to get him effectively and get him again so he can have an excellent offseason and be able to go subsequent summer time.”
Although he admits he was pissed off with the harm, Dixon stated his mindset now could be to maintain working to get higher for his junior and senior seasons. He performed center linebacker and defensive finish for the Leopards within the two video games he performed this yr however expects to maneuver to outdoors linebacker subsequent yr upfront of his faculty profession.
Along with encouraging his teammates whereas he’s out, Dixon can also be inspecting his faculty prospects. He was in Auburn for the Georgia State sport two weeks in the past and plans to be at Jordan-Hare Stadium once more Saturday when No. 2 Georgia comes to go to.
“They confirmed a whole lot of like to me,” he stated. “They’d some large recruits there, however I nonetheless met the pinnacle coach (Bryan Harsin), the defensive coordinator (Derek Mason) and many of the assistants. I cherished coach Mason. He simply instructed me that if I come to Auburn, I want to come back able to work and stated he would keep in contact.”
Dixon stated he additionally hopes to go to Georgia and LSU this season. He stated Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and Alabama are the faculties he’s in probably the most contact with proper now.
“He’s a playmaker,” Cottrell stated. “There are a whole lot of guys who’re good trying prospects, however he’s that and he makes performs. He simply catches your eye when he’s on the sphere. Very not often do you not see him within the final body of a play. If he’s not making a sort out, he’s coming in there. He’s an outstanding defensive soccer participant.”
Dixon stated he shall be able to go for the 2022 season.
“I used to be mad it occurred, however on the finish of the day all the pieces occurs for a motive,” he stated. “I’m glad it didn’t occur my junior or senior season. We’re going to have an important workforce subsequent yr. I really feel like we’ll go to state. There are a whole lot of guys on the market proper now getting invaluable expertise.
“I’m simply making an attempt to do what I can do to elevate the blokes up and hold motivating them.”
Cellular Christian (2-4) hosts Philip Rivers and St. Michael Catholic (5-1) on Friday. Dixon has missed the Leopards’ final 4 video games in opposition to W.S. Neal, Vigor, Mosley, Fla., and Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic.