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Commitment Spotlight – Kelvontay Dixon

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The Longhorns have landed yet another SEC flip at the wide receiver position, this time in East Texas play-maker Kelvontay Dixon. Dixon, who plays for Carthage, committed to Arkansas in last summer after being heavily recruited by then Razorbacks running backs coach and former Texas Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach Jeff Traylor. Traylor, now head coach at UTSA, has a strong East Texas  prowess which played a significant factor in Dixon’s interest in Arkansas. But the Longhorns worked their magic, ultimately flipping Dixon from Fayettville to Austin, where he will join his older brother Keaontay Ingram. He becomes Texas’ 18th commit in a loaded 2020 class and joins Dajon Harrison and Troy Omiere as the wide receiver commits in the class.

While Dixon’s services are mainly used at the wide receiver position, the four-star athlete is extremely versatile in offensive skill positions. He ranks as the 15th best athlete in the country and 342nd best player overall according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Player Information

Name: Kelvontay Dixon
Position: WR/RB
High School: Carthage
City, State: Carthage, Texas

Measurables

Height: 6’0

Weight: 183

Film

Three Best Traits

  • Versatility – Dixon has the ability to line up at every skill position for the Longhorns as he has lined up in the backfield, slot, and wideout in just about every game for the Wildcats this season. A true athlete that can play where he is needed is crucial when the team is banged up.
  • Speed – Having a trackster on your offense is never a bad idea, but having a three-time state medalist trackster on your offense is a difference-maker. Having anchored Carthage’s third-place 4×100 relay team in the spring, Dixon’s length gives him a speed advantage over the majority of defenders that he will line up against.
  • Special Teams – We have seen early in 2019 how the unreliability of a kick returner can be near-disastrous, but with Dixon joining the team in 2020, his impact in the return game can be seen immediately if the coaching staff chooses.

Areas for Improvement

  • Size – While still a little less bulky for a true wideout, Dixon could use some muscle in his upper frame to help with 50-50 balls against Big 12 defenders. An extra 10-15 pounds would be huge for Dixon’s development before making it to Austin.
  • Route Running – Despite not being a true wideout, it is likely that that is what he will become at the next level. His route running skills need a bit of work before reaching campus, but with improvements in footwork and explosiveness on cuts, Dixon has the ability to reach that level before the season is over.

Summary

This lines up to be the perfect marriage of a versatile skill player and an offense that uses guys all over the field. Texas has brought in similar players to Dixon in recent years with Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Jordan Whittington, and Jerrod Heard – all possessing a great ability to play at different positions and thrive. Early on, Dixon could be seen in more slot and running back situations, but he has the potential to be a star wide receiver in his upperclassmen years.

Final Verdict

Dixon joins a loaded wide receiver room alongside Harrison and Omiere. By the time he reaches upperclassman status, the wide receiver corps could feature him alongside Jake Smith, Marcus Washington, Malcolm Epps, Al’Vonte Woodard, and Kennedy Lewis. The Texas staff and new OC Mike Yurcich must be thrilled with the weapon that they have acquired in Dixon as he is primed to have a bright future on the Forty Acres.

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