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Gilmer’s Tanner Barr + DeVondrick Dixon Invited to SMU Junior Day

Gilmer’s DeVondrick Dixon stiff arms Canton’s Samuel Miller during Gilmer’s 51-36 first-round win in Tyler in November. (Christopher Vinn,

Gilmer’s 2014 class is a strong one, and SMU apparently wants to get a closer look at a couple of Buckeyes in that group.

Gilmer QB Tanner Barr. (Christopher Vinn,

Quarterback Tanner Barr and receiver/defensive back DeVondrick Dixon have been invited to SMU’s Feb. 16 junior day, Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Barr and Dixon are key parts of a junior class that helped the Buckeyes go 14-2 with a Class 3A Division II state championship appearance in 2012, along with running back/linebacker Josh Walker, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound Texas A&M pledge.

Barr, who intercepted 10 passes as a sophomore playing safety, made the move to quarterback in 2012, when he threw for 2,946 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions and ran for 903 yards and five touchdowns.

Dixon started at receiver and cornerback. He caught 13 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, ran 22 times for 226 yards and one touchdown, and made 37 tackles, one interception, and 11 pass breakups.

Gilmer also has a talented sophomore class that includes running back/defensive back Kris Boyd, a 1,200-yard rusher in 2012, and the versatile Chase Tate, who accounted for 756 yards from scrimmage.

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