Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hogs make big impression on Dixon and Boone
After his official visit to Arkansas over the weekend, receiver Johnnie Dixon couldn’t single out just one thing that stood out during his trip to Fayetteville.
“Everything, being with the players, seeing the game, seeing the facilities,” Dixon said.
Dixon, 5-11, 195, 4.37 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer was joined on the visit by his teammate, highly regarded safety Shawn Boone, who liked the family atmosphere.
“I could tell by the body language, everybody gets a long with everybody,” Boone said. “That’s all you need really.”
Boone, 5-10, 180 pounds has more than 20 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He and Dixon visited the Wolf Pack the pervious weekend. Boone highlights click here
The usual trip to the Catfish Hole for recruits on official visits was a hit with Boone and Dixon.
“That was crazy,” Boone said. “Had to call out the Hogs. They knew everything about you. It was crazy.”
When calling the Hogs, Boone benefitted from going after Dixon.
“He was the first one and I was the second,” Boone said. “So I knew what I was doing.”
Dixon enjoyed hearing the Hog Call during the game.
“It was crazy, it was very loud,” Dixon said. “Everyone was into it.”
He has 29 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, North Carolina State, Miami, Alabama and Ohio State and is rated a 4-star prospect by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network. Dixon said Coach Bret Bielema and his staff were great.
”All of them are great guys,” said Dixon, who has recorded a 10.68 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.95 in the 200. “Just sitting around talking to them, you can see that you can be around for four to five years.”
Dixon has the ability to stretch the field and score anytime he touches the ball. He saw where he could help the Hogs after watching Arkansas’ 24-3 victory over Southern Miss.
“They just need some deep passes,” said Dixon, who will make trips to Alabama and Ohio State for official visits. “They really didn’t have too many deep passes yesterday.”
Should he decide to play his his college football at Arkansas, he’ll play for receivers coach Michael Smith.
“I can be around coach Smith all day,” Dixon said. “He’s funny, good coach. He wants to see the ball thrown around. You can’t go wrong with that.”
Boone said the fan support was outstanding but wasn’t shocked by what he encountered.
“The fans are crazy,” said Boone, who plans to visit Ole Miss and Ohio State. “I knew they were crazy on Twitter so I knew they were going to be crazy out here and they were just everything I kind of expected.”
Bielema received praise from Dixon.
“Really a great guy, a family guy,” Dixon said.