Marcus Dixon could use a new lease on life. The Hampton defensive end was supposed to be a force to be reckoned with at Vanderbilt University. But his world came crashing down when he was charged with rape of a 15-year-old girl. Reports are he and the girl has sex in an empty classroom. The girl cried rape; Dixon said it was consensual.
Dixon was later acquitted of the rape charge but he spent 18 months in prison for other charges that were later found to be levied unfairly. Here is a snippet from the NYT article:
The case went to trial, and after deliberating 20 minutes a jury acquitted Dixon of rape, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and sexual battery but found him guilty of statutory rape, a misdemeanor, and aggravated child molestation, a more serious charge that carried a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.
The verdict triggered an immediate protest that drew national attention when Bryant Gumbel and Oprah Winfrey reported on it.
On May 3, however, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled, 4-3, that Dixon should have been prosecuted solely on the statutory rape charge, which has a maximum punishment of one year in prison, rather than the molestation charge.
On the day of the ruling, Dixon, who had been held without bail after his arrest, was released after 15 months in prison. The statutory rape conviction stood, but he had served more than the maximum.
Dixon appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and his case got a lot of attention and polarized the black community.
It seems like Dixon is a good kid.
Here’s another piece I found from a forum:
Don’t know if any of you flipped over to the Hula Bowl college all-star game while the New England-Seattle game was on, but Marcus Dixon made a big splash.
Playing defensive end for the East, he blew by a tight end type – who was playing offensive tackle at the time – stripped the ball from quarterback T.C. Ostrander (from Stanford) and the East recovered at the West 7. Three players later the East scored on a TD.
Here is another article on Dixon:
Dixon has great size and a frame to get bigger. He’s very powerful and a great run defender. He’s been described as the perfect student/athlete at Hampton, and has been a “gentleman” there, so character issues should be minor. He’s a hard worker and a leader. He also has a ton of potential. He’s an extremely intelligent football player.
Dixon’s speed – at least his timed speed – is terrible. Because of that, he’s seen as a DT/DE tweener. He would be a perfect 3-4 end, but might have trouble fitting into any other system. He’s not very explosive and was outrepped by smaller players at the combine, leading to strength concerns. He has trouble with technique and instincts.
- Measurables: 6-4, 292, 5.2
- Pros: Great size. Powerful. Strong against the run. Good intangibles. Intelligent. Good potential.
- Cons: Not great competition. Poor timed speed. DT/DE tweener. Some minor strength issues. Character might be a concern to some.
- Pro Comparison: He’s similar to Adam Carriker, who was picked last year and converted to DT. He has similar size to Reggie Hayward in Jax.
- Best Situation: As I said earlier, if he could get somewhere as a 3-4 end, he’d be in a really good situation.
- Will Go in Round: 7. His size should be good enough to get him drafted, but he might slip further.