South Pointe defensive end Gerald G. Dixon is among the players in the Gamecocks' 2012 signing class.
The 6-4, 260-pound Dixon, who had 132 tackles and 19.5 sacks last season for the Class 3A state runners-up, played on the same line at South Pointe as fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the nation’s top prospect and another target of the Gamecocks.
He and brother Gerald Dixon Jr. from Northwestern will follow in the footsteps of their father, a former Rock Hill High star who played at USC in 1990-91 before going on to a 10-year career with three teams in the NFL.
Both Dixons were Shrine Bowl linemen this past season.
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How does it feel to sign with USC?
I’m happy about it because I’m a Gamecock now, and I get to play with my brother now that he’s signed. I’m just happy to be a Gamecock.
It’s close to the family and my mom. ... I had a good year at end, and the coaches at South Carolina said they were going to put me at end.
What makes you such a good player?
I just like to have fun out there and be a leader and try to make plays.
Did you always think you were destined to go to USC?
Kinda sorta. I’ve been liking USC for a long time.
You get to play with your brother full-time now. How cool is that?
That’s fine. People keep asking me what (name) are you going to go by, but we don’t know yet. We’ll see what we get there.
What’s your relationship like your future coach Brad Lawing?
Coach Lawing thinks I’m a great player. He thinks if I work hard this summer, I could get some good playing time. He’s cool. He’s going to make you work hard, but that’s where I come from. Our coach at South Pointe, he makes us work hard.
Where will you fit on the defensive unit?
I’m going to be on defensive end.
What’s Clowney like as a teammate?
He’s good. He helped me out this year as a senior. Most people would double-team so I had to step up and make plays, so we helped each other out this year.
Do you think you’ll be playing with him next year?
I hope so.