Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon will return for his fifth and final season of eligibility, Dixon announced Thursday on Twitter.
— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018
A fourth-year junior, Dixon is coming off the best season of his Ohio State career in 2017, when he caught 18 passes for 422 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.
Dixon battled knee injuries in each of his first three years at Ohio State, however, and caught only seven passes for 55 yards between 2015 and 2016 as a result.
With that lack of career production, Dixon was a long shot to be selected in the draft, but another productive year as a Buckeye could improve his chances.
Dixon played 477 snaps for the Buckeyes this past season, rotating in and out of the lineup with fellow redshirt junior Terry McLaurin at the 'Z' receiver position in Ohio State's offense.
As of now, Ohio State is expected to return all six of its wide receivers who saw regular playing time this past season, though McLaurin has not yet indicated his decision one way or the other. Ohio State's other redshirt junior wideout, Parris Campbell, announced his decision to stay for another year earlier Thursday.
Ohio State defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones also announced Thursday that he would stay in school for the 2018 season.