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PSU lands CB transfer Dixon from South Carolina

Photo by South Carolina Athletics: Johnny Dixon

Penn State has picked up a commitment from the transfer portal in South Carolina cornerback Johnny Dixon. He is the second player who has announced he’s transferring to PSU, the first being Baylor running back John Lovett last week.

James Franklin had said Penn State would be looking to potentially add defensive backs and defensive ends from the transfer portal this offseason.

Dixon has played two seasons at South Carolina. He was a 3-star prospect out of Tampa coming out of high school.

This season, the 6-foot, 185-pounder had 34 tackles (28 solo) and five pass breakups in 10 games for the Gamecocks. As a freshman in 2019, he played in 12 games with three tackles (one for loss) and one interception.

This is from Dixon’s bio page from South Carolina:

* 2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Sophomore cornerback who gained valuable experience as a true freshman in 2019… could work his way into the regular rotation in 2020… has the tools to be productive, just needs to gain consistency in his performance.

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True freshman who saw action in all 12 games making one start… most of his work came on special teams… credited with three tackles including one tackle for loss, and one interception… got the starting nod at cornerback in the season opener against North Carolina… along with Jammie Robinson, became the eighth and ninth true freshmen to start a season opener for the Gamecocks since the 2009 season, joining Stephon Gilmore (2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014), Al Harris Jr. (2014), Bryan Edwards (2016) and Jaycee Horn (2018)… logged his first career interception in the win over Charleston Southern… notched two tackles, including his first tackle for loss against Alabama… named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Played cornerback for Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla., graduating in 2019… coached by Jason Lane… the Chiefs went 8-2 during the 2018 season… was a varsity starter for four seasons… logged 15 tackles and four pass break ups as a senior… missed the majority of his junior campaign with a knee injury… collected 102 career tackles with 14 pass break ups and three interceptions in 30 games… rated as the 51st-best player in the Sunshine State, the nation’s 45th-best cornerback and No. 435 overall, according to

John J. Dixon was born Jan. 3, 2001… working towards a degree in advertising.

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