11W Community Interview: Johnnie Dixon

By Jeremy Birmingham on December 29, 2013 at 7:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

After a methodical autumn, it has been a very merry December for the 2014 Ohio State football recruiting class. First, it was the less than surprising yet still earlier than expected commitment of 2017 prospect Danny Clark, followed three days later by the addition of the nation's top 2014 linebacker, Raekwon McMillan. One day later, the Buckeyes added their 19th member of the "Dream '14," when Florida wide receiver Johnnie Dixon ended months of speculation and pledged for the Buckeyes.

While most expected Dixon, the 5-foot-11, 185 pound split end, to eventually commit to the hometown Hurricanes, Ohio State felt confident for months that they had done the work to keep themselves in contention thanks in large part to the recruiting efforts of Buckeye wide receiver coach Zach Smith. 

Dixon is in San Antonio preparing for the US Army All-American bowl, but took the time to participate in the 11W Community Interview series for Eleven Warriors readers. Next week, he'll join a handful of fellow 2014 commitments and future teammates when he enrolls at Ohio State so that he can participate in winter and spring activities with the Buckeyes.

Get to know Johnnie Dixon in this week's 11W Community Interview.

What was it about Ohio State that sold you on leaving the South? - Killer Nuts

JD: I went to Ohio twice, once for camp and then one more time for the Wisconsin game. I knew right away at the game that it was just an amazing place. The fans were great and I wanted to be a part of that. I felt at home.

 A lot of folks had you going to Miami before you committed. How frustrating is it to deal with projections and people guessing where you'll wind up? Do you think fans and media had a good finger on your process or was it simply guesswork? Any advice on how we (people who follow recruiting) should interact with prospects going forward? - HarryBuckeye

JD: I thought the prediction thing was a little funny, to be honest. At first everyone had me going to Miami because at one point they were my leader then a couple days before my commitment I saw everything turn around. In my opinion it was just a lot of guesswork. As far as interaction with prospects, I think people should never say bad things to a kid if he doesn't end up going to the school they want the kid to go to, it's their life.

Johnnie, which Ohio State coach had the biggest role in your recruitment, and were there any other Ohio State commits that helped influence your decision? - MN Buckeye

The Buckeyes were chasin' Dixon

JD: I had the best relationship with coach Urban Meyer and coach Zach Smith. They both played a major role in my recruitment. My mom loved both of them and my family and I felt that they would take care of me, not only as a player but also as a person. Mike Thomas and Braxton Miller both helped make me feel at home during my visit. I also talked to (Buckeye commit) Terry Mclaurin a couple times when were at camp (at Ohio State) and during The Opening.

Johnnie, obviously academics and football at this level will keep you extremely busy, but what are your interests or hobbies outside of football? - TeddyBallgame

JD: I love to bowl, every time my mom and I get to go, we go. It's become like a family tradition with her and I.

What current college or professional wide receivers do you look forward to watching? Is there one wide receiver that you have tried to model your game after? - KeithMC33

JD: I model my game after Dez Bryant and Andre Johnson. They are very physical players and always play with a chip on their shoulders. They are both exciting to watch and consistent in their effort.

Do you still carry a buckeye in you pocket everyday, or did that change once you committed? - BuckeyeVSTheWorld

JD: I have it with my every single day, still. It's funny because now people always ask me do I have it in my pocket and if they can see it (laughs.) Every day before I leave the house I make sure I have it.

How do you think you can contribute on the field and what are your long term goals over the course of your Buckeye career? - HarryBuckeye

The game atmosphere at Ohio State made me want to get on the field right then and play that night.

JD: I think I can come in and make an impact immediately. I just have to get in and work my butt off. My longterm goals are to get a degree from The Ohio State University, to become a captain and win national championships. Eventually I want football to be an avenue for my mom to retire. I hope to become an all-american and a professional football player who wins some Super Bowls. Maybe then I'll be come a professional bowler (laughs.)

So last week we learned that Raekwon likes to cook and bake. What's one thing that not many people know you like to do either in school or as a hobby? - ChicagoBuckeye

JD: I already said it, but bowling. I'm huge on it. I played one day and it just stuck with me. If I am not on the football field or at school, I am bowling. It's just another place I can my mind off of things and enjoy life with my family.

When did you know you were coming to The Ohio State University? - InHartWeTrust

JD:I really knew when I was there on my official visit. I called my mom and told her then I was ready, and she told me she was fine with it. She just wanted me to finish all my visits and make sure that was truly what I wanted. The game atmosphere at Ohio State made me want to get on the field right then and play that night.

Johnnie, when was the first time you realized that Ohio State is a special place and that you would consider leaving the south to play football? - BassDropper

JD: The Wisconsin game and the last day of my official visit was when I really knew I was ready for recruiting to be over. I knew in my heart that I was going to end up a Buckeye no matter what. The entire place is special.

I'm ready to come in and work hard to help the team and coaching staff continue being successful and win national championships alongside my recruiting class. Any other recruits considering Ohio State should come join the family we're building, we're going to get things done. 

Go Bucks!


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Seattle Linga's picture

Welcome to the family Johnnie - you're going to have a BLAST at tOSU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Super interview Birms!

BassDropper's picture

This kid is going to ne special. I can't wait to see him making plays in the AA game


1967Buck's picture

  Very nice young man, I have to say. Welcome to the Buckeye family. Peace and Go Bucks!!!

jford2's picture

Love your confidence and passion. Welcome to the Buckeye family! I hope you achieve all of your dreams!


Poison nuts's picture

Another winner. The kids from this 2014 class at minimum get to an NC game IMHO - hopefully a win. Everyone of these I read - I like the class more & more. Great group - great article!

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Buckeye5000's picture

Really good interview, thanks. We are all looking forward to seeing you in Scarlet and Gray Johnnie.
The kid loves to bowl...when I was his age it seemed everyone bowled. It's great that him and his mom can have fun doing that together. I always got to like a kid who loves to bowl and spend time with his mom.

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HighBallAce's picture

Sometimes I wonder with all these great athletes we have coming in if one of these teams won't be so entirely great that it won't be hard to find plays for each player. Where as maybe so and so WR would get a thousand yards at another school but sense the other guys at that position do so well and DON'T get their thousand yards either that out team wouldn't be so good that we win several championships much like Alabama did. I mean there's only one football to go around and some of these guys are used to being the only star on their teams......It's a really nice problem to see building up!

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

Even in our worst recruiting class, almost every player that commits was used to being the star of their HS team.  That's just the jump from HS to D1.  Recruiting does seem to be up across the board though.

BuckeyeBred's picture

I think they're realistic with themselves that if you can't beat out your college teammates for playing time, you likely wouldn't be beating out people in the pros. This team is very deep with dudes who can make plays with the ball. Good thing we have a system where we distribute it. Granted, Brax is such a weapon that he gets a ton of carriers too, but once he is gone, I think we will be looking for Kenny G types who get other dudes the ball in space. 

CincyBuckeye31's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family!  I look forward to watching you make big plays at tOSU!  Best of luck, young man!  Go Bucks!!

ODEEZ330's picture

i think he will be the biggest impact freshman next yr. he's got everything a receiver in this offense needs. def reminds me of dez bryant like he said

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RufusVonDufus's picture

"The game atmosphere at Ohio State made me want to get on the field right then and play that night."
The above quote tells me all I have to know about Dixon.   He is going to be a super Buckeye and I can't wait to see him on the field.   Hurry, September!


lljjgg's picture

I agree, he seems to be a big game kind of player. Not to mention, when he has the ball in his hands he is like a bull in a china shop. Plays much much bigger than his height/weight. Love guys like that!

Not to make any UM comparisons but Jeremy Gallon (Florida native), and even so far as OSU goes Santonio Holmes (not attitude, just athleticism) I do feel are good comparisons that have been made. Smaller guy who plays like he's 6'2" and with a chip on his shoulder.

Interesting thing I heard recently: a few of the Florida recruiting writers feel he actually could be one of the 3 best CBs in the state of Florida this year, it just doesn't get mentoined being that everyone appears to be looking at him as a WR.

BassDropper's picture

The next Santonio


Wesleyburgess1's picture

This kid carries a buckeye every day...even I don't do that lol. Love this kid and cant wait to see him play

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great interview!  I really like getting to know more about Johnny.  He sounds like he's got a really good head on his shoulders.  I hope he enjoys his time at OSU and has a great career.  Best of luck! 
Go Bucks!!

osu07asu10's picture

I love to bowl, every time my mom and I get to go, we go. It's become like a family tradition with her and I.

Can't wait to see you on the field!

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ITWASME's picture

If I could give you an upvote you would definitely get one

ITWASME's picture

Thanks I appreciate it

teddyballgame's picture

The kid can roll, man.

cinserious's picture

Kind of ironic how Dixon loves to go bowling considering how often his new family (the Buckeyes) happen to go 'bowling' themselves :) 

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FloridaBuck's picture

He sounds like an awesome kid with a good head on his shoulders. Welcome johnnie! Good times to come!

buckz4evr's picture

I love these 2014 kids.  They all seem to be such high quality kids both on and off the field.
We welcome you into Buckeye Nation, Johnnie and can't wait to see you in Scarlet and Gray.  You are going to be part of something very special.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I really like this kid.

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buckeyedude's picture

So now all of his classmates want to see his nuts?!
He's one of us!!!!!!



Seattle Linga's picture

This class keeps growing with class act young men and Buckeye Nation continues to improve with each sunrise.

Go1Bucks's picture

Great to have you as a member of the Ohio State University Mr Dixon!
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Jbucks's picture

I love how he talks about being physical, Seems we been missing that in the recieving area

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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks, Birm, for another great interview! And thanks, Johnny, for taking time to interact with people who care for the Buckeyes as much as you. Welcome to the family, and I look forward to seeing you make an impact next year.

ohhiyo's picture

3 things
1) Birm thank you, great interview
2) Kinda nit-picking but seemed like some questions were asked twice
3) Shows how important night games are to these recruits. That game-atmosphere pulled him in.
Thank you again!

UrbanCulture's picture

Love that he takes pride in his physicality. Seems to be something this current crop of receivers lack

cinserious's picture

Wrong!  I challenge you to find a team with better down field blockers than what the Buckeyes showcase. Smith,Spencer,Philly,Fields definitely hold their own. 

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UrbanCulture's picture

I meant more physical as in when the ball is in the air...clearly the WR's are excellent blockers

cinserious's picture

Johnnie Dixon obviously has a great head on his shoulders and I'm proud to have in in our Buckeye family! He's 'gets it' as far as knowing what it takes to be a winner in life AND in football. Urban Meyer and the coaching staff are knocking it out of the ballpark when it comes to bringing in great student/athletes who have their priorities in order and succeed in making their families and (football families) proud. Great job and GO BUCKS!

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Johnnie, it's a treat to hear from you. Thanks for doing this interview. We look forward to watching you light it up.

Buckabroad's picture

Always really liked Johnnie Dixon a lot. Now I like him even more (if that's possible). His role models are receivers that play a physical game with a chip on their shoulders. With the power and speed he already has you almost feel sorry for opposing defenses. Also, one of his goals in playing football is to take care of his mother. This speaks volumes about his strength of character. Buckeye Nation is very lucky indeed to have Dixon on board.
Welcome home, Johnnie, and good luck and great success at the US Army AA game!

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Great job Birm.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Johnnie. You'll love it here and if you give it your all great things will happen. 

danavh4's picture

Love this kid...
I truly believe he will make an impact day 1.  The speed we will have on offense and the depth will be insane!

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