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Catching up with Carthage athlete Kelvontay Dixon

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Kelvontay Dixon is a three-star athlete playing for Carthage High School’s Bulldogs. The younger brother of Texas Longhorns running back Keontay Ingram, he shared his thoughts on the Longhorns and how track and field prepares him for football. 

Kelvontay Dixon is one versatile recruit in the class of 2020.

At powerhouse Carthage, he helped the Bulldogs achieve a 14-1 season during his junior year. Dixon is listed as the No. 45 athlete in the nation and the No. 81 player in the state of Texas per 247Sports.

Carthage uses Dixon in a variety of ways, sometimes as a wide receiver, other times as a pass catching running back, but always as a serious threat to opposing defenses.

In 2018, he amassed 78 receptions for 1,184 yards and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot, 173 pound recruit was averaging 15.2 yards per carry and a whopping 91 yards per game.

Ground game-wise, he recorded 22 carries for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Dixon averaged 9.9 yards per carry.

It is no surprise that the brother of Keontay Ingram can put up some yardage. Last season as a freshman, Ingram rushed for 708 yards, second only to Longhorns’ grad-transfer Tre Watson.

Dixon says the chance to play with his brother at Texas is definitely something that is impacting his recruitment.

“Playing with my brother brings out a good thing in my game. My interest is increased knowing he is there at Texas.”

The dual-sport athlete last visited the Longhorns last weekend, as he was in town for the University Interscholastic League Texas state track and field championships.

The Texas recruit took home the silver medal in the triple jump with a 46-foot, 10 3/4-inch jump.

Dixon also competed in the 100-meter dash, coming in sixth place with a time of 10.81 seconds.

Recently there has been a growing debate over whether high school football players should direct their offseason time to track and field, or to 7-on-7 teams.

Dixon says track and field helps him train for football season.

“It helps move a lot faster, and stay in great shape and condition.”

Last weekend’s visit to Texas impressed Dixon, who says the swagger and culture the Longhorns have, sets them apart from other programs.

“I like the way they carry themselves and how they create a bond bigger than football.”

The bond between coaches and players is certainly one of the most important pieces to a strong football program. Dixon says he is already really close to Texas running backs coach Stan Drayton.

Dixon took his first official visit to Arkansas back in April, and says the Razorbacks and the Longhorns are the two teams standing out to him the most.

This cycle, Texas has one athlete committed in fellow three-star Jaden Hullaby. Hullaby is also a running back/wide receiver hybrid, it would be a deadly combo to the Longhorns’ lineup next year, if they added Dixon as well.

 

 

 

 

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Dina Colunga is a lifelong fan turned proud graduate of the University of Southern California. She also covers the USC Trojans for SB Nation. NFL-wise, Dina is a New York Jets fan by way of a thicc, trunky, coastal kid. Though raised in Southern California, she has a Texan state of mind. Follow her on Twitter @alwayscompete

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