Things just got even better as Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon committed to Ohio State just a few days after leading his team to 55-39 victory in the Florida state championship game. This comes as a surprise to some, as he was considered a Miami lean by most people in the recruiting industry for the majority of his recruitment. However, over the past couple of weeks this race starting trending towards the Bucks thanks to wide receivers coach Zach Smith's relationship with Dixon and head coach Urban Meyer's phenomenal closing abilities. Dixon becomes the 19th member of the "Dream 14" recruiting class.
The Buckeyes won't have to wait very long to see Dixon on campus as he's enrolling on January 6th, which is the first day of the spring semester at Ohio State. He will be able to benefit from winter workouts and spring practice because of his early college enrollment.
SB Nation Recruiting's Bud Elliott had this to say about Dixon:
Dixon is a very good player. He appears to be bigger than his listed 5'10 and 187 pounds, and is well build and strong. Dixon's best attribute is his deep game, with the ability to quickly climb and get deep, and to go up and get the football better than a smaller receiver might. Having watched Dixon for two years, however, and in the recent Florida State High School finals, I am not overwhelmed by Dixon's ability to get open underneath and pick up first downs. That can be improved in time if Dixon works on his route running.
I do think Dixon could be used on runs, and would definitely fake the ball to him off jet or orbit motion as well, given his speed and strength combination. Additionally, Dixon seems like a bright kid who could pick up an offense fairly early. And he is a competitor who plays through the whistle, and who also plays both ways, at corner, in big games.
While there are many playmakers in this class, including the likes of Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Parris Campbell, Dixon projects as more of a pure wide receiver, which is something the Buckeyes desperately needed to add to this class.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 190 pound Army All-American caught 33 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns in his junior season. He caught 5 balls for 55 yards and a touchdown in the state championship victory. Ohio State beat out the likes of Alabama, Miami, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Virginia Tech, and others in order to secure Dixon's commitment.
Land-Grant Holy Land will try to catch up with Dixon in the next couple of days to go more in-depth on his commitment to the Scarlet and Gray. In the meantime, make sure to check out his impressive highlights.