One of Ohio State’s spring standouts could be in line for an even bigger fall.
A former four-star recruit and the No. 9 wide receiver in the 2014 class, Johnnie Dixon’s career at Ohio State hasn’t unfolded as planned. Injuries have limited the elite athlete to only seven career catches for 55 yards, and he’s still looking for his first collegiate receiving touchdown.
That could all change this fall. Dixon is healthy, and Ohio State needs to replace plenty of production at wideout, so the opportunity is there.
In fact, Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel has put Dixon on his list of 15 breakout spring stars to watch this season.
Here’s what Mandel had to say:
New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is charged with fixing the Buckeyes’ downfield passing game, but he needs some receivers to raise their games. Dixon, plagued by injuries most of his career, caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores in Ohio State’s spring game. We’ll see whether that improvement translates come the games that count.
As always, Ohio State’s offense has the potential to be very dynamic in 2017. J.T. Barrett and Mike Weber are a good place to start, but the Buckeyes need pass-catchers to step up as well.
Dixon could be one of those guys.