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WR Johnnie Dixon preparing for season

8/5/2012

TAMPA, Fla. -- With offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State, 2014 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is sure to be one of the top wideouts in the southeast if not the country next year. After a busy summer that included camps at Florida and Florida State, the 5-foot-11, 186-pound athlete says he is ready to focus on his upcoming season.

"I'm done with recruiting for the summer," Dixon said. "Now I'm just lifting and working to get better for the season."

Dixon, who is with his team at the Sling-n-Shoot 7-on-7 tournament in Tampa, declined to name any favorite schools this early in the process but said he did grow up rooting for one particular team.

"I've always liked Florida," Dixon said. "It was my childhood favorite. They've just always been my team. Like Percy [Harvin] was an animal and [Tim] Tebow. They got a new offense, so it's going to be real legit."

Dixon has seen his stock soar in recent months, and his head coach Jack Daniels says there is a reason for that.

"When he first came to Dwyer, he was fast but raw," Daniels said, "but the thing about Johnnie is he's got great ability, he can fly and he's hard worker. So he's overcome a lot of the things he wasn't good at. He's going to continue to get better because he works hard. He's an awesome kid. We're happy to have him at Dwyer."

Though the talented pass-catcher might be done with recruiting for the summer, Dixon says he is planning to take in a few college games in the fall, including a trip to Gainesville to see his two former high school teammates, Mike Minns and Darrell Hunter, who play for Bowling Green.

"I'll probably see a lot of games this year," Dixon said. "I'm going to the Florida State and Miami. I might go see the first Florida game, too, because we have some former players that play at Bowling Green."

As a junior Dixon totaled 433 yards and four touchdowns on 18 receptions. Dixon says he has no time frame on when he would like to make a college decision.