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Former South Carolina Cornerback Johnny Dixon Transfers To Penn State

Former South Carolina defensive back Johnny Dixon has transferred to Penn State football.

Dixon announced his decision via Twitter Monday morning.

Dixon entered the transfer portal just last week after two seasons in Columbia. The Tampa, Florida native made one start for the Gamecocks as a true freshman in 2019. Over the course of that season, Dixon made three total tackles and even had an interception.

The cornerback saw an increased role this past fall, as he started in eight of South Carolina’s ten games. The cornerback made 34 total tackles, recovered a fumble, and had five pass deflections. His best performance came against Ole Miss when he tied a season-high five tackles and had that fumble recovery.

Dixon will bring some nice depth to Penn State’s cornerback room. After several injuries, namely Tariq Castro-Fields, several young players had to step up at the position. Redshirt freshman Joey Porter Jr. and sophomore Keaton Ellis both played well in increased roles this fall, while Marquis Wilson and Daequan Hardy also were solid in rotational spots.

As a recruit in the class of 2019 Dixon received 19 offers, including Penn State. According to 247Sports, Dixon even took an official visit to Happy Valley in September 2018 for the White Out against Ohio State.

The former Gamecock is now the second player to join Penn State through the transfer portal this month. Former Baylor running back John Lovett committed to the Nittany Lions as a graduate transfer last week.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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