Baylor's top 2010 signee qualifies

Baylor spent its summer in suspense, waiting to hear a final ruling on the eligibility of Ahmad Dixon.

On Wednesday afternoon he was officially declared a qualifier by the NCAA, team officials confirmed to ESPN.com.

Dixon, a Waco native, was the Bears' top recruit in the 2010 class and one of the top defensive recruits in school history. Ranked the nation's No. 3 safety, he signed both with Baylor and Navarro College, a junior college that can now tear up Dixon's letter of intent.

Dixon has been practicing for the duration of camp and impressing with his 6-foot, 195-pound frame's big hits. He should have a great chance to contribute -- or possibly start -- as a true freshman.

He was also the No. 15 overall recruit nationally.

It should be a great development for a Baylor secondary now stocked with young talent after losing starting safety Jordan Lake from last year's team. Prince Kent, a former Miami signee who spent a year in military school before enrolling early as a 2010 Baylor signee and was ranked as the nation's No. 51 overall recruit in the 2009 class. He made an interception in the team's first scrimmage over the weekend.