Kirby Smart’s first Christmas as the head coach at UGA won’t have an empty stocking. Peachtree Ridge 4-star linebacker Breon Dixon chose the day to make his commitment to UGA.
Dixon tweeted out the news to wrap up a quick commitment. He only received a UGA offer from the new staff less than two weeks ago. The 6-foot, 215-pounder didn’t have an offer from the previous staff at UGA, but Smart made sure that situation was quickly rectified.
“He said ‘If I offered you at Alabama why wouldn’t I offer you here? You know you have a scholarship to the University of Georgia’ in so many words,” Dixon said. “That was what I wanted to hear from Kirby.”
The junior linebacker carries a 3.7 grade-point average in the classroom and will enroll early at UGA. He said that UGA earned his commitment over Florida and Tennessee. He even got a message to Smart on Christmas Eve that he might get some good news on Christmas Eve.
“I talked to a coach that talks to him and we just kind of gave him a hint we were going to have a Christmas present for him,” Dixon said.
He said he wouldn’t have committed to UGA at this point in his recruitment if Mark Richt was still the head coach.
“I just see the potential in what Kirby wants to bring in and what he wants to build with the program,” Dixon said. “I feel like I always wanted to go through an era where a program changes for the better. I see that happening right now with what he’s doing at Georgia and the coaches he is bringing in. I want to win a national championship at Georgia now. That’s what I want to do.”
Dixon is rated as the No. 12 linebacker in the nation for the Class of 2017, but more importantly than that he is very close friends with 4-star senior Nigel Warrior and 5-star junior DeAngelo Gibbs. Those are two of his teammates at Peachtree Ridge and those two impact defensive backs and wanted by every top program in the nation, including UGA.
Dixon shared the news with a video where he was clad in a UGA sweatshirt and stated “Go Dawgs” and “Commit to the G” with his commitment announcement.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.