Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Highly touted Dixon set for visit
Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge talks to reporters during media day Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Highly recruited receiver Johnnie Dixon is high priority for Arkansas and the Hogs will have a chance to impress him when he makes an official visit this weekend.
Dixon, 5-11, 195, 4.37 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of West Palm Beach, (Fla.) Dwyer has 29 scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Miami and North Carolina State. He officially visited the Wolf Pack over the weekend.
He said defensive line coach Charlie Partridge is one of the coaches that does the best job of staying in contact with him. His coach Jack Daniels and Partridge have known one another for numerous years.
“He’s like one of his close friends,” said Dixon of Partridge.
After Arkansas, he plans to visit Ohio State and Alabama. Dixon has also talked to Coach Bret Bielema.
“He’s ready for me to come up,” said Dixon, who has recorded times of 10.68 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.95 in the 200. “From the time I’ve talked to him he’s cool. I’ll really get to see how he is when I go up.”
Dixon, who had 39 receptions for 711 yards and 8 touchdowns as a junior, said work ethic amd willingness to mix it up in the running game separate him from others at his position.
“I work hard, probably harder than a lot of people,” said Dixon, who’s rated a 4-star prospect by CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “I’m not scared to go in there and block and put my nose in there.”
Dixon’s teammate and highly sought defensive back Shawn Boone will also join him on the visit. Being a package deal doesn’t appear to be on their minds.
“Not sure,” Dixon said. “Whatever happens, happens.”