Former Carolina commit to enroll at ECU
Posted August 24, 2009
Justin Dixon might be playing college football in North Carolina after all, just not for the Tar Heels.
Dixon, who graduated from Smithfield-Selma high school last year, signed on to play football with UNC earlier this year. However, after failing to qualify academically, the star linebacker was forced to consider other options - including spending time at prep school or enrolling at a different FBS school.
In the end, Dixon chose the latter.
A spokesman with the East Carolina football team confirmed to WRAL that he will begin classes at ECU on Tuesday.
Dixon was one of the most heralded signees in UNC's 2009 class. Rated the ninth-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-1 playmaker was considered a four-star recruit.
Though Dixon is scheduled to begin classes Tuesday, ECU spokesman Tom McClellan said the NCAA Eligibility Center is still reviewing his eligibility status. Therefore, there is no word yet on when, or if, he will be able to suit up for the Pirates.
According to McClellan, as long as Dixon is determined to be a "recruited student-athlete," he can participate in football activities for 14 days while the NCAA reviews his case for eligibility. If at that time, Dixon is determined to be a qualifier, he can continue practicing and would be eligible for game-day competition. If not, he cannot practice with the team or play in any games, but he would have access to student development/academic and athletic training services.
If the 14-day period passes without a ruling, the Dixon has to stop practicing and wait on said decision.
North Carolina and East Carolina play each other in Kenan Stadium on September 19.