Dixon's Choice Gets Harder

Florida prep WR Johnnie Dixon (5-11, 190), a U.S. Army All-American who took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend, talks about how he could see himself making an instant impact in the Razorbacks' offense next season if he decides to spend his college years in Fayetteville.

During his official visit to Arkansas last weekend, Florida prep wide receiver Johnnie Dixon tweeted that recruiting was getting even harder.

That was a reference to how much Dixon (5-11, 190) – who has been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game - was enjoying himself while checking out the Razorback program.

"Arkansas is a great place with great coaches, great players and certainly some great fans – who are just really crazy in love with their team," Dixon said. "That tweet was just talking about how each time I go to a place, it seems even better than the last and that is just going to make it a very hard decision for me in the end."

Dixon, a four-star prospect per Scout.com who stars for Palm Beach Gardens Dywer, had already visited North Carolina State and has visits set up for Ohio State (Sept. 27-29) and Alabama (Nov. 8-10).

Miami, Tennessee and Notre Dame also remain in the running according to Dixon.

"I'm not sure where or if I am going to take a fifth visit," Dixon said. "I'm in a different situation than some guys in that I am a mid-term graduate and I will be at the college I choose in January. I need to have my decision made sometime in November."

Dixon, who had 33 catches for 610 yards and six touchdowns last season, was impressed with what he saw from his visit to Arkansas.

"I really was impressed with how the coaches and the players get along and how they share common goals in terms of doing what it takes to win football games and really play physical," Dixon said. "It really is a brotherhood and it's exciting to be around there right now."

Dixon was one of four official visitors to Arkansas last weekend along with teammate and safety Shawn Boone(5-11, 190), Wisconsin prep defensive tackle Craig Evans (6-3, 310) and Razorback linebacker pledge Khalia Hackett (6-3, 215) from Douglasville, Ga., South Paulding.

"I think we all really enjoyed our visits," Dixon said.

Dixon, who has five catches for 114 yards and three scores despite being double-teamed through Dwyer's 3-0 start this season, especially enjoyed being around Razorback wide receiver coach Michael Smith.

"He is just a great, great guy and a really funny guy," Dixon said. "I love being around him. I know that I would really enjoy being around him for four or five years. He is one of the main reasons that I can really see myself playing at Arkansas."

Dixon shared his thoughts on Arkansas' 24-3 win over Southern Mississppi in a game in which the Razorbacks lost starting quarterback Brandon Allen in the first quarter.

He was replaced by back-up A.J. Derby and the Razorbacks were very conserative, especially in the first half.

"Anybody that knows football knows that Arkansas did the right thing by putting it in the hands of the those two great running backs (Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams) and that big offensive line," Dixon said. "You know the back-up quarterback isn't as good as the starter and can't do everything that he can or he wouldn't be the back-up quarterback in the first place.

"You could see he (Derby) got more comfortable after halftime and they opened it up a little more and scored and the defense took care of the rest," Dixon said. "I'm sure the guy will be much better this week after getting the full week to practice and get all the reps."

Dixon also said that Arkansas only throwing 11 passes did not turn him off of the Razorbacks.

"First off, I know they would have thrown it a lot more with the starter in there and they were very clear with me about how they want to have a balanced offense," Dixon said.

"Another thing I saw was that I would have a chance to come in and play right away and make an impact for them and that excites me about Arkansas," Dixon said. "Two big things for me are education – and they stressed that while I was there – and playing time early."

Dixon was hosted by injured sophomore wide reciever D'Arthur Cowan and former Florida prep defensive tackle Ke'Tyrus Marks, who is redshirting this season.

"D'Arthur and KT from here in Florida are great guys and really answered all the questions I had about how it is to be a player at Arkansas," Dixon said. "All those guys are excited about what Coach Bielema and his staff are going to do with the program."

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