Texas State Camp in Kilgore Yields Commitment from Gilmer’s DeVondrick Dixon + Offer for Chapel Hill’s Joseph Clark
KILGORE — Texas State hosted the second FBS-level camp in East Texas on Wednesday and two 2014 players from the region came away with offers.
Chapel Hill defensive back Joseph Clark and Gilmer athlete DeVondrick Dixon were offered in person by Bobcats at Kilgore High School’s indoor practice facility. Dixon committed to the Bobcats on Wednesday night, making the announcement on Twitter.
Dixon started at receiver and cornerback for Gilmer in 2012, when the Buckeyes reached the Class 3A Division II state title game. 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.
Texas State is the second Division I FBS offer for Clark, who also holds an Air Force offer. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was offered earlier Wednesday by FCS program McNeese State, according to Chapel Hill coach Thomas Sitton, and also has an offer from Incarnate Word, which is moving up from Division II to FCS.
“It’s exciting but it’s kinda frustrating because I don’t know what I”m gonna end up doing,” Clark said of the recruiting process. “I’m just gonna think about the best choice for my future and my career. I’m not really thinking about football too much, just my career. So whichever can get me there. But I hope (the offers) keep rolling in.”
Clark watched the Texas State camp after performing at the Texas Tech earlier Wednesday at Longview High School. He said that although the Red Raiders haven’t offered him, they’ve shown a lot of interest in him.
“They said they’re gonna stay on me,” Clark said. “They said they just see me as a player. They know I like to hit. They said I can help their football team so they’re just gonna have me on the field somewhere.”
Gilmer’s Tanner Barr, who worked out as a defensive back at Tuesday’s North Texas camp at Tyler Junior College, worked with the quarterbacks at the Texas State camp along with Carthage’s Blake Bogenschutz. Bogenschutz, who holds a Division II offer from Arkansas Tech, performed at Tuesday morning’s North Texas camp in Mesquite before an impressive showing in Tuesday afternoon’s 7-on-7 win against Shreveport Evangel at Carthage’s Bulldog Stadium.
Barr joined Dixon and classmate Ardarius Johnson at Wednesday’s camp. Several Kilgore players were in attendance, including offensive lineman Clay Wiley. Kilgore coach Mike Wood said Boise State has shown interest in Wiley, who recently received an offer from Northwestern State.
“I like how the coaches taught it in a different way from what our coaches do in high school,” said Wiley, who measured 6-3 1/4, 284.6 pounds at the ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at APEC training facility in Tyler on May 19. “I’ve been working out. The type of weighs we do is almost like power lifting with endurance, so we get bigger and slimmer at the same time.”
Wiley said expectations are high for the Bulldogs in 2013, but that the players can’t rely solely on the coaches to get the job done. The players must hold up their end of the deal as well, he said.
“The coaches can only do so much. It depends on the players,” Wiley said. “I’m looking for the ring. I’m gonna try to encourage (teammates) to look for the ring, too.”
Whitehouse also had a healthy contingent of players at the camp, including 2014 running back Vincent Dunning, 2014 linebacker Reggie Long, 2014 defensive back Chris Reese, 2015 linebacker Dominique Hollie, and 2015 receiver/safety Justin Dunning. Reese and Justin Dunning watched and did not participate.
Reese told ETSN.fm that Texas State has him high on its recruiting board for cornerbacks and will be in touch with him soon.
Long and Hollie, who agreed that the competition was good at Wednesday’s event, give new head coach Adam Cook a solid duo at the linebacker spot entering 2013. Hollie ran 46 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns as a running back, while making 20 tackles and an interception return touchdown during his sophomore season. Long was second on the team with 76 tackles and two interceptions. Vincent Dunning missed half of his junior season but ran for 401 yards and six touchdowns and caught three touchdown passes.