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Commitment 101: Four-star Kelvontay Dixon is a weapon in the slot

Posted February 4th, 2020

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Texas’ football program received a much needed boost Tuesday when four-star wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon pledged to the Longhorns. The athlete from Carthage is the younger brother of Texas running back Keaontay Ingram. Dixon is expected to play slot receiver for the Longhorns. The 6-0, 180-pound prospect is the 15th-ranked athlete in the nation, per 247Sports composite rankings. 

Dixon is Texas’ 18h pledge of the 2020 class. The Longhorns signed 17 during the early period in December. Dixon helped Carthage win a Class 4A Division I state championship as a senior, catching 73 passes for 1,223 yards and 20 touchdowns. He caught 84 passes for 1,288 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.  The two-time all-district football player was also a Class 4A state finalist in the triple jump and the 100 meters. 

“The reason I chose Texas was because of the way they made me feel like I was at home,” Dixon said. “My brother played a huge factor in helping me with my choices.”

Texas’ 2020 class still ranks 11th in the nation and second in the Big 12. The Longhorns hope to sign a trio of prospects on national signing day with Duncanville cornerback Ennis Rakestraw, Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen and defensive tackle Alfred Collins listing Texas among their finalists. The addition of Dixon moved Texas’ recruiting ranking to ninth nationally and first in the Big 12. 

Skill set: Dixon is an athlete. He finished second in the Class 4A triple jump in 2019 and sixth in the 100-meter dash at the same meet. His sophomore season ended early with an ankle injury, but he became Carthage’s go-to wide receiver and offensive weapon following the graduation of his brother, Keaontay. Dixon projects to the slot position with a chance to contribute in the return game. 

He caught 157 catches for 2,511 yards and 37 touchdowns during his final two seasons and helped the Bulldogs win the Class 4A Division I title last fall.

Immediate impact: Jake Smith is the favorite to replace Devin Duvernay as the slot receiver in 2020. Dixon possesses a chance to earn playing time behind Smith, as his back-up as a slot and as a punt returner. Texas loves utilizing the slot receiver and Dixon could make a similar impact to that of Smith. He’s a quick-twitch athlete with consistent hands and a solid understanding of how to run crisp routes. Dixon is at his best after the catch. 

Fitting into the program: The demands of the Texas program shouldn’t surprise Dixon since his brother is on campus. There will be plenty of familiar faces from East Texas on the roster besides his brother as Herman and his staff have done a great job in the region over the past three cycles. Dixon fits well into the offensive system and should know what is expected from him once he arrives on campus. 

Recruiting at the position: Dixon gives Texas a strong trio of wide receiver commitments in the 2020 class. He joined fellow pledges Troy Omeire and Hutto athlete Dajon Harrison. 

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin4Sept. 20
Dajon HarrisonATHHutto3Nov. 5
Sawyer Goram-WelchDTLongview3Dec. 15
Jaylan FordOLBFrisco Lone Star3Dec. 19
Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage4Feb. 4

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