Alabama 2024 signing Sterling Dixon played for Mobile Christian with a chip on his shoulder

Alabama 2024 signing Sterling Dixon is the first to admit he’s been anxious to get back on the football field this fall.

Mobile Christian’s standout defensive end missed most of his sophomore season with a labrum injury.

“I definitely had a chip on my shoulder,” said the 6-foot-3, 211-pound Dixon.

Opponents definitely felt Dixon’s wrath.

As a junior, he set several single-season records at Mobile Christian School, finishing with 172 tackles and 18 sacks. He also had 39 tackles for a loss.

Last week he was named Class 3A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

“This season has definitely been insane,” he told at the annual ASWA Mr. Football banquet. “With the losses, we started the season 7-0 and we still had the goal of getting the win. Everyone came together and we got to the fourth round. We fell behind but we will definitely win next year.”

Mobile Christian lost four wins early in the season and then lost back-to-back overtime games to Pensacola Catholic and Hillcrest-Evergreen.

However, the Leopards won their last three regular season games to qualify for the playoffs and then won three straight postseason games before losing to eventual 3A champion St. James 35-7 in the semifinals. They finished 6-8 overall.

Still, it was a rewarding year for Dixon.

“It was so frustrating after my injury,” he said. “I just wanted to strengthen my teammates and try to prepare as much as possible for the start.”

Dixon said he went almost 11 months without much action while recovering from labrum surgery.

“I was working super hard when I got laid off,” he said. “Last summer I did about three workouts a day. I worked out in the weight room every day, did linebacker work and also defensive film work. It was crazy, but it finally paid off.”

Dixon committed to Alabama on December 1 via SEC West foes Auburn and LSU. He is projected as EDGE for Nick Saban and co.

“Today’s future elite linebackers aren’t just physically in the tackle box, they have high-end coverage skills,” said Jimmy Stein, an On3 team expert for BamaInsider. “Sterling was a DB early on in his Mobile Christian tenure. All of this has helped make him a three-down player. He can play the run, he can take cover, he can rush the passer-by. He also has fantastic intangibles. He always reminded me a lot of former Mobile Christian star Deontae Lawson for all of these reasons. He should do as well as Lawson.”

Lawson also signed with Alabama and is expected to be a key element of the Crimson Tide defense next fall.

According to the 247 composite rankings, Dixon is currently listed as the No. 13 junior recruit in the state. He joins Clay-Chalkville WR/DB Jaylen Mbakwe and Foley WR Perry Thompson signing 2024 in Alabama.

“Roll the tide,” said Dixon. “I’m 110 percent committed. I’m just ready to recruit.”

Dixon said he felt he could play early in Alabama and eventually make it to the pros from Tuscaloosa.