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Missouri State football landed the commitment from a highly-touted outside linebacker a few days after practice began. 

Former Nebraska outside linebacker and Under Armour High School All-American Breon Dixon tweeted Monday evening he will play his next two seasons at Missouri State. 

“Blessed to be spending my next two years at The University of Missouri State,” Dixon tweeted. “More than appreciative to have this opportunity and ready to work these next two years.”

Dixon was the No. 8 outside linebacker in his high school senior class, according to ESPN, and No. 144 player in the country.

He was recruited by MSU head coach Bobby Petrino out of high school when he was the head coach at Louisville but he chose to commit to Ole Miss as a defensive back. 

In high school, the 6-foot-0, 218-pound linebacker held offers from Alabama, TCU, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, TCU, Iowa, Miami (Florida) and North Carolina among many others. 

Dixon never played a down in Oxford and was given a waiver to immediately become eligible after leaving Ole Miss as a part of the Hugh Freeze controversy. He then enrolled to play at Nebraska. 

At Nebraska, Dixon appeared in four games on special teams before deciding to transfer to juco Iowa Western for a season. He recorded 15 solo tackles and one sack during his lone season in Iowa. 

Dixon should be immediately eligible to play for the Bears this upcoming season while coming from a juco. He figures to be an impact player with the Bears quickly rebuilding at the linebacker position. 

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at wwheeler@news-leader.com or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL. You can also sign up for his free “Bears Beat” newsletter by subscribing on News-Leader.com.