Carthage High School had 10 of its athletes ready to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, and they all got their moment in the spotlight.
But the last one to be announced may have been the one most Bulldog fans were curious about — wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon.
Wearing a burnt orange shirt, he left little doubt he would be joining his older brother at the University of Texas.
The other Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs signing on National Signing Day were Cami Hicks, who signed to play volleyball at Louisiana-Lafayette; Zee McGrue, who signed to play basketball at Weatherford College; Brandon McNeely, who signed to play baseball at Angelina College; Javon King, who signed to play football at Tyler Junior College; Ty’Kiest Crawford, who signed to play football at Kilgore College; Rayvon Ingram, who signed to play football at Southern Arkansas; Kel Williams, who signed to play football at Angelo State University; Quinton Owens, who signed to play football at Stephen F. Austin; and Desmund Hicks, who signed to play football at Arkansas-Monticello.
Originally Dixon was one of the first to make his decision as he committed to the University of Arkansas back in August.
But the firing of Razorback Head Coach Chad Morris during the regular season caused Dixon to start looking again.
“I probably took a couple of months before I made my decision to go to Texas,” he said. “The same things that made me consider it the first time, made me pick it this time.
“I like the coaches and it’s got a great family environment.”
Part of the “family” he will be joining his brother Keaontay Ingram, who will be a junior running back for the Longhorns this season.
In two seasons for the Longhorns, Ingram has rushed for 1,561 yards and 10 TDs, while catching 56 passes for 412 yards and five scores.
“I think it’s going to be great playing on the same team with him,” Dixon said.
Dixon was injured most of his sophomore season when Ingram led the Bulldogs to the 2017 state title. Dixon was a major factor in Carthage’s seventh title in 2019.
The 6-foot, 175-pound wideout last season recorded 74 receptions for 1,223 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also rushed for 206 yards and two scores and could prove to be a versatile weapon for new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and receivers coach Andre Coleman.
Dixon was the Offensive Player of the Year for the Padilla Poll and All-Smoaky Team; he was the UIL Class 4A State Championship game Offensive MVP; he was the District 10-4A MVP; he was APSE honorable mention all-state; and a member of the 2019 state championship team.
“He’ll do well,” Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt said. “This is a well-deserved opportunity. He’ll bring energy, enthusiasm and excellence to this program.
“He’s just a great kid going to a great program. It’s a pretty special team.”