Argyle High School second baseman Brenden Dixon has always imagined himself playing college baseball, but not once did he picture himself playing for the University of Texas — a program he was used to rooting against.
Apparently, things change.
Dixon, who will be a sophomore this fall, jumped at the chance to commit to the Longhorns Tuesday as he followed up on an offer he thought might not be on the table anymore after the retirement of legendary coach Augie Garrido in May.
“With the new coaching staff, I really didn’t know anymore if they’d still honor it,” said Dixon, who was originally offered by Garrido at a camp in January. “When I found out it still was, I bolted up to Austin today and told the coach I’m ready.
“It’s weird because I never pictured myself in Austin. I always hated burnt orange. But it was Augie. Once I got up here, I kept thinking, wow, this place is unreal.”
Oral commitments are nonbinding. Dixon wouldn’t be able to sign a national letter of intent until fall 2018.
Dixon was as steady as they come in the middle of the infield this past season and also did well at the plate, batting .237 with six extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. He was one of four freshman to start for the Eagles, who finished 27-6 and fell one round shy of advancing to the program’s third-straight state tournament.
Argyle won the Class 4A state title in 2015.
Dixon also had offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. He said Texas could play him at second base, third, or shortstop.
“This is a huge stress lifted off my shoulders,” Dixon said. “None of this could have been done without the work of all my coaches.”
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