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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:21

Dillon Baxter Signs

5.2.12 | Football

Former USC running back Dillon Baxter signs with Baker University

Dillon Baxter

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner has announced the signing of Dillon Baxter, a former running back for the University of Southern California.

Grossner flew to San Diego this past weekend and signed Baxter on Sunday afternoon in his home.

“I’ve been aware of Dillon since high school,” Grossner said. “I’ve had a good relationship with Rolando Rivera at Mission Bay High School where Rivera coached Baxter in 2009 when he was named the National High School Player of the Year.”

Dillon graduated high school mid-year and immediately enrolled at USC, earning playing time as a true freshman. During his freshman year Baxter played 10 games, rushing 252 yards with one touchdown for the Trojans. Baxter followed his freshman campaign suiting up for four games in 2011.

Grossner believes the transition to Baker University will be smooth.

“We definitely talked about some of the issues that might come up nationally,” Grossner said. “The bottom line is we both have trust in each other. Coming to an NAIA school won’t have any bearing on his future as a pro. Coaches like Mike McCarthy and Pete Carroll are well aware of Baxter’s talents.”

“We’re confident Baker’s support system, family atmosphere and commitment to academics will be ideal for Dillon as he makes this transition in life,” Grossner added. “We have had several students from the Mission Bay area come into our program and experience great success on and off the football field. We expect the same with Dillon.”

Baxter will have two years of eligibility remaining once he arrives on campus.

The Baker University spring football game is scheduled for May 5 with kickoff at 1 p.m., from Liston Stadium.

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