Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stole a prospect out of the University of Miami's backyard Tuesday afternoon.
Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon gave a verbal commitment to Ohio State during a brief ceremony at his high school, picking the Buckeyes over Miami and Alabama.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Dixon courted more than two dozen scholarship offers, but in the end it came down to a battle between Ohio State and Miami. The consensus four-star prospect received a late visit from Meyer and his staff, and that proved to be just enough to make a decision.
"It's just where I want to be," Dixon said of Ohio State. "In my heart I knew where I wanted to go, but I just had to make sure it was for me."
Dixon had set up an announcement ceremony last week, but canceled at the last minute citing the desire to focus on his team and its state championship run. Dwyer won its second state title in school history last Friday with a 55-39 playoff win against Niceville, and it was Dixon who helped pave the way with 55 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Miami was able to land the final official visit from Dixon a week ago, but coach Al Golden couldn't keep the dynamic playmaker at home. Dixon said he called Golden before his announcement, but he was only able to leave a voicemail.
"That was another place where my heart was in the process," Dixon said. "It was hard telling those guys I wouldn't be attending Miami."
Dixon, the No. 2 ranked player in the Sun Sentinel Class of 2014 recruiting rankings of Palm Beach County, was a preseason Super 11 selection. He played on both offense and defense for Dwyer, but valued the opportunity the Buckeyes gave him to play wide receiver.
"They throw the ball, they put it in playmakers' hands. Coach Meyer knows what to do with receivers," Dixon said.
Dixon is on track to enroll at Ohio State in January and take part in spring practices.
Ohio State is now in position to sign a South Florida prospect for the second-straight recruiting cycle. Last year it was St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who inked a scholarship with the Buckeyes over a host of in-state schools.
Atlantic wide receiver Aldy Enoicy, Dwyer safety Shawn Boone, Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph and Village Academy defensive lineman Kevin Bronson remain as Palm Beach County's top uncommitted prospects. National Signing Day is Feb. 5, 2014.
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