MAYPEARL

In the lobby of Maypearl High School, Jagger Dixon made it official. The Panther football standout is going to be a Tarleton Texan in the fall.

Dixon, a two-year starter for the Maypearl Panthers on the gridiron, signed his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Dixon said he chose Tarleton State University in Stephenville over Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma because of his experience during a campus visit.

"Whenever I visited [Tarleton], they just had a great coaching staff and the staff just seemed really enthusiastic and really dedicated to the players," Dixon said. They just want to be a better team."

Over his two years as a starter, Dixon was twice named an all-district first team running back and safety, as well as a twice finding his name on the academic all-district list.

As a senior, Dixon rushed for 1,231 yards on 139 carries. He scored 24 touchdowns on the ground and added two more and 71 yards on three catches. Dixon rushed for 884 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries during his junior campaign.

Dixon said he does not yet know what his position will be, as he was recruited as an athlete, but is ready to tackle whatever the Tarleton coaching staff can throw his way.

In an official recruitment class wrap-up issued by Tarleton State University, the Texan coaches said Dixon "can just flat out play football. He was incredibly productive at Maypearl High School and is a guy who can potentially play in all three phases of the game for us."

In total, Tarleton inked 35 new Texans from across the state, as well as Florida, on National Signing Day.

"I'm very thankful for our coaching staff and their families for putting up with the long hours and many miles they've traveled over the last few months," said Tarleton head coach Todd Whitten in a TSU press release. "Our coaching staff has put in many hours and I believe that we've brought in a quality group of kids who can help this team win football games.

"We really think this class of kids can be a great addition to our program," he continued. "They are quality students on the field and in the classroom and, most importantly, they could fill some areas of need for our football team."

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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