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Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon will return in 2018

There aren’t quite as many Buckeyes heading to the NFL early, after all.

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Another bit of good news for Ohio State, as wide receiver Johnnie Dixon announced that he will be returning for the 2018 season. Dixon is the latest Buckeye to decide to forego this year’s NFL Draft—electing to come back and play for Ohio State instead. The others include Parris Campbell and Dre’Mont Jones.

Coach of Zone 6, Zach Smith, was noticeably excited to return two of his star players. Not only will the Buckeyes be deep at receiver, but whichever young quarterback wins the starting role in 2018, will have a bevy of experienced players surrounding him — a luxury Ohio State hasn’t had in a couple of seasons.

Dixon’s decision likely didn’t come lightly, following a college career marred with injuries. At one point, he was considering leaving the team and the game altogether, before Meyer and staff talked him into returning and rehabbing his way back into the spotlight. Which is exactly what he did.

He finished the 2017 season with 18 receptions for 422 yards and eight touchdowns, becoming one of the best deep threat options for J.T. Barrett. He averaged an astounding 23.4 yards per catch, and claimed a 70-yard reception for a career-long.

With Dixon, among a list of many returning for a potential 2018 national championship run, the Buckeyes will have just a few scholarship spots left to fill come National Signing Day on Feb. 7.