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Tampa CB Johnny Dixon picks South Carolina

A signing day #SpursUp!

NCAA Football: South Carolina at North Carolina State Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp and South Carolina’s pursuit of Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain cornerback Johnny Dixon ended up paying off after all. The 3-star recruit signed with the Gamecocks today, the first day of the early signing period.

Florida was the other team in the running for his services, while he held a host of SEC offers.

The scoop on Johnny Dixon

Finalists: Florida

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“I feel the most comfortable there,” Dixon said in an interview with Rivals.com. “I feel like I’ll be in the best hands there. I feel like I have an opportunity to make an impact as a freshman.”

Dixon visited in June, with Penn State (September) and Miami (December) getting visits as well. In the end, it ended up being a two-horse race between the Gamecocks and the Hurricanes, with the Gamecocks the team coming out on top for the 6-foot, 170-pound recruit.