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Johnnie Dixon prizes UF, FSU ties

8/26/2012

As isn't far from the norm at this time of the year, 2014 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is ready to get the season going.

Recruiting, then, goes to the back burner. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound target is OK with that, though.

"It is going pretty good right now," he said. "It is kind of slow right now, but everything has been going pretty good.

"I am just really focused on the season right now."

The junior pass receiver has already gotten offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, USF, UL-Lafayette and West Virginia. Visits this fall, though, might be hard to come by, but he is considering taking in the Florida State-Miami game in October.

"I'm not sure if I will," Dixon said. "That will be something I figure out with my schedule."

High schools like Dwyer, however, expect to make deep runs in the playoffs every time out. Dixon expects to win the whole thing. Thus, his focus on the season at hand.

On and off the field, he's looking to be an example for his teammates.

"I want to help lead my team to the state championship and win it," said Dixon. "I want to be vocal and set an example for everyone else.

The in-state trio of powers -- Florida, Florida State and Miami -- are three teams that have piqued his interest. The Gators and Seminoles already have a unique connection with former Dwyer players featuring at their schools now.

"It is a Florida school and I am always interested in Florida schools," said Dixon.

"Nick [O'Leary], Jacoby [Brissett] and Matt [Elam]. I had pretty good relationships with all of them. We talk a lot."

Dixon's criteria starts with academics, but a challenge is important, too. Big-time games are for big-time players, and when the lights come on, he wants to be on the main stage.

"Education comes first," explained Dixon. "Then are they able to go to a bowl game and contend. Do they play against big teams? Playing time. I don't really care where I play, wherever is best for me."