Penn State has landed its second transfer in a week. Just seven days after former Baylor running back John Lovett announced his intention to join the Nittany Lions, now former South Carolina cornerback Johnny Dixon has done the same.
I want to say Im thankful for the staff at USC and my brothers that still play there. After a lot of thought and prayer Me and my family have made the decision for me to transfer and play for The Penn State University. #Weare #Nittanynation @CoachTerryPSU @coachjfranklin pic.twitter.com/E9zEWOazTv— BET ON ME (@JohnnyDixon_) December 28, 2020
Dixon was a three-star cornerback out of Tampa, Florida in the 2019 recruiting class, and appeared in all 11 games for the Gamecocks during his true freshman season in Columbia, including starting the season opener that year. In those appearances, he put up three tackles, and one interception. Dixon took on a bigger role in 2020, appearing in all 10 games (eight starts), amassing 34 tackles while breaking up five passes. With Will Muschamp fired as head coach and a new coaching staff arriving, Dixon elected to enter the transfer portal earlier this month.
According to Sean Fitz and Lions247, cornerback coach Terry Smith pursued Dixon out of high school, and is also a childhood friend of Jordan Miner, who signed with the Lions in 2018. Miner was forced to retire from football before ever suiting up with the Nittany Lions due to a heart condition.
Dixon will join Joey Porter Jr., Keaton Ellis, Daequan Hardy, and Marquis Walker as third-year corners for the Lions, while senior Tariq Castro-Fields could still return as well.