Position: Wide receiver
Location: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer
Rank: No.39 WR
What to like: There's a lot to like about Dixon. First, he's a two-way standout. Dixon has the talent to play on either side of the ball as a wide receiver or cornerback. In fact, many teams late in the process were beginning to like him on defense. But I expect him to play on offense in Columbus.
Dixon has a muscular build and is built more like a running back than wide receiver. He's 5-foot-11, 200-pounds. He's fast and smooth. While I wouldn't say he has elite speed, he is plenty fast and can certainly get behind the secondary. I saw him play twice over the last two weeks. He scored on a long bomb against Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake last week and he got behind the Niceville (state title game) secondary Friday night on two occasions. He catches the ball well. He doesn't fight the ball and catches away from his body.
Dixon is good on the short routes. He gets out of his breaks quickly and is dangerous after the reception. Dixon does possess a nice burst and shows the ability to get up the field with the ball. He's not a dancer but more of a north-south runner and will get up field and do damage. He has the speed and power to break tackles.
Something else impressive with Dixon is his ability to block on the perimeter. He will put a hate on a defensive back and do his job on the outside.
Dixon is a physical player and that shows up when he plays cornerback as well. He possesses good cover skills and plays the run well. He played straight up man coverage against five-star junior George Campbell in the state semi-finals and held him to one catch (it was a trick play on a double pass).
What may be of concern: There's not much here, rather he will just need to work on what must do in transitioning from high school ball to the college egame. I think at this level Dixon is a pretty good route runner. In fact, he's better than most. While I think he can play defensive back in college he may be a little stiff in the hips. I just see him having a little more upside on offense.
Overall analysis: This is a very good pickup for Ohio State and Urban Meyer. Dixon gives the Buckeyes some versatility and flexibility because of his ability to play multiple positions. He can be a cornerback but more likely a wide receiver. And he should have the ability to play inside at slot and on the perimeter on the outside.
Dixon won't have to be a true No. 1 guy. He's likely not that type of player, rather a super compliment to an offense that literally loves to spread the ball around. That should fit right into Dixon's skill set because he can be a very good "yards after the catch guy" in this offense. Just get him the ball in space and let him do his thing.
But Dixon is not a one trick pony. He has shown that he's a wide receiver that can do a lot of different things and be an overall weapon in the Ohio State offensive attack.
This is a huge recruiting win for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Many would say it's a recruiting upset because most (I had Dixon pegged to Ohio State two weeks ago) thought Dixon would stay home and play for the Hurricanes. It's tough to beat the local team, especially considering his been to Coral Gables roughly a dozen or so times over the past year. But this is Meyer we are talking about and we should expect Ohio State to land a few from Florida during each recruiting cycle.