Johnnie Dixon, an elite wide receiver recruit in the Class of 2014, has made a decision on where he will be playing college football next year.
Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch broke the news:
WR Johnnie Dixon of West Palm Beach (Dwyer), Fla., just committed to Ohio State.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) December 17, 2013
Dixon has been deemed a 4-star prospect by 247Sports’ composite rankings, which also note that he is the No. 106 ranked recruit in the nation, the No. 16 wide receiver and the No. 15 prospect from the state of Florida.
The Dwyer High School product from Palm Beach Gardens is a definite catch for Urban Meyer. While Dixon isn’t the crown jewel of the Buckeyes' recruiting class, he will prove to be an important addition.
Dixon chose Ohio State over a number of highly-regarded programs. As per 247Sports, the receiver was being recruited by Miami, Alabama and many other top-tier schools.
Did Dixon make the right decision?
Chris Nee of 247 Sports indicates what this means to Ohio State, via this Tweet from Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni:
This young man possesses a solid mix of speed and athleticism to complement his decent height. The 5’11”, 197-pound wideout bursts off the line and creates separation from his defender, plus has the hand strength to snag in any ball thrown in his vicinity.
There is some concern about his unorthodox manner of actually grabbing the rock and bringing it to his body, but that should go away with practice reps and determination.
Dixon is arguably one of the best route runners in the country. He takes his paths with precision, and the quarterback can count on him being exactly where he should when the ball is released.
That sort of reliability should make Dixon a great weapon when he finally gets on the field in Columbus. He has all the tools required to be one of the next great college receivers and could help lead Ohio State to greatness.
Keep an eye out for Dixon over the next few seasons. It is only a matter of time before someone with this much talent is using it to make big plays on Saturday.