going to Arkansas

Kelvontay Dixon makes a catch near the goal line, but couldn’t quite score in the Bulldogs 340 win over Henderson last season. Dixon has made a verbal commitment to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks next season.

Carthage High’s Kelvontay Dixon has made up his mind about where he is going to college and he figures he might as well announce the decision sooner rather than later.

The wide receiver/running back announced Tuesday that he will play his college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

He is the 11th high school player to make the non-binding verbal commitment to the Hogs and he joins teammate Ty’Kieast Crawford as part of the 2020 signing class.

“The coaches are what impressed me and the way they are rebuilding there,” Dixon said. “I like the way the coaches carry themselves. I pretty much knew I wanted to go there after I visited. I think that’s the place I need to be.”

The 6-0, 173-pounder made his visit to Fayetteville back in the spring. The Razorbacks are coming off a 2-10 season that saws them lose all eight SEC games.

Arkansas head coach Chad Morris once coached at nearby Elysian Fields, something Dixon said he didn’t know until he met the coach.

Dixon caught 84 passes for 1,288 yards last season and also rushed for 229 yards. He scored the winning touchdown against Pleasant Grove on a 12-yard run with just three seconds left, then ran in the two-point conversion in overtime for the win against Midlothian Heritage at The Star.

He was the Most Valuable Player offensive player in the district.

The Razorbacks have Dixon listed as an athlete, which could be something of an understatement as he not only excelled on the football field for the Bulldogs, but on the track as well in the sprints, relays and jumping events.

Other schools that made offers are Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Baylor, Oklahoma State and TCU.

He admitted not picking Texas and a chance to play with his brother Keaontay Ingram was a tough decision. But he really thinks Arkansas is the place.

The commitment may slow down some schools, but the speedster is leaving himself a little wiggle room as he plans on waiting until the Feb. 5 signing day rather than the early signing period in December to sign his National Letter of Intent and make it official.

With the commitment made, he can now concentrate on his senior season with the Dawgs.

“We’re going back to Cowboys Stadium and win the championship.”