Johnnie Dixon Ready to Get Started at Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman and Michael Chung
It was a year ago when Urban Meyer went down to Florida and plucked coveted receiver James Clark out of the Sunshine State, beating schools like Florida, Auburn, Clemson and Miami in the process. Clark was lost for the season due to injury this year, but had shown enough to make it onto the field prior to being injured.
Given the sheer amount of talent in the state, there are always players to be found, and Meyer went out and did it again this past December when he landed a commitment from Dwyer's Johnnie Dixon. An Army All-American at wide receiver, Dixon (5-11 197) could have gone anywhere in the country, as his offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida State, Florida and Miami show.
Instead, however, he came to Columbus, and is now an early enrollee at Ohio State.
Just because he committed to OSU relatively late in the process, doesn't mean Ohio State was a relatively new suitor. Dixon had actually camped at OSU in the summer, and impressed the coaches so much that they pulled him aside for a more focused workout.
He wasn't alone during that “focused workout”, as future fellow commits Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin were also there getting the same intensified once-over.
“I was there with Parris and Terry,” Dixon recalled.
“I remember everything, the drills. It was me and Parris at first and then Terry came. I knew right away that I could build a great bond with those guys.”
While Ohio State was trying to decide if Dixon could fit at Ohio State, Dixon was doing the same to Ohio State. It didn't take him long to realize that he fit just fine.
“I just felt most comfortable there,” he explained.
“I felt like it was home, and I knew I was part of a great class right now, so we'll do great things in the future.”
As for the pressure of that semi-private camp workout, Dixon didn't find it all that tough.
“This is what I do,” he said. “I'm a ball player, so this is what I do.”
Dixon is now on campus at Ohio State and already putting in the work that he hopes will get him on the field quickly. It doesn't hurt that Urban Meyer will be looking to get more playmakers on the field in 2014.
“It means a lot because he works well with receivers,” Dixon said of playing for Meyer.
“You can go in and get working right away. I can play right away. I just have to come in and prepare myself.”
When Dixon became sure that Ohio State was where he wanted to be, he had to get his mother's blessing as well. While she was supportive of the process, a son leaving the state of Florida for the state of Ohio would be tough on any parent. The Buckeyes, ever aware of such a common trepidation, brought out a heavy hitter on an in-home visit to close the deal.
“It was wherever I wanted to go,” he said of his mother's support.
“She was comfortable with it, but once Coach Meyer came down, it was a done deal.”
Now that Dixon is a done deal, his focus becomes seeing the field as quickly as possible. His versatility and strength as a receiver will allow him to play both inside and outside, but the fact that he is already at Ohio State and able to go through spring practices will only increase the possibilities for him moving forward.
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