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Wisconsin football loses 3rd recruit when Tallmadge wide receiver Collin Dixon decommits

Tallmadge receiver Collin Dixon runs past Copley's Zamarionne Logan after a first quarter catch on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tallmadge.
Tallmadge receiver Collin Dixon runs past Copley's Zamarionne Logan after a first quarter catch on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tallmadge.

With a month left before the early national signing day for football, Collin Dixon opened his recruitment back up on Thursday.

The Tallmadge High School wide receiver — a three-star recruit — was set to sign with Wisconsin, but when the Badgers fired coach Paul Chryst on Oct. 3 the landscape shifted.

“I want to thank Coach [Alvis] Whitted, Coach [Jim] Leonhard, and the entire staff at Wisconsin for giving me an opportunity to play at the next level,” Dixon said. “I’m extremely grateful for the relationships I have built and their continuous belief in my abilities. With that being said, after many discussions with my family, I have decided to decommit from Wisconsin and open my recruitment back up.”

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Dixon became the third 2023 recruit to decommit from Wisconsin after Bishop Gorman (Nev.) wide receiver Trech Kekahuna and Marist (Ill.) defensive end Jamel Howard Jr. left due to the ambiguity at Madison, Wisconsin.

“It’s just all the uncertainty with the coaching staff,” Dixon said. “Wisconsin isn’t out of the picture at all. They’re still one of my top schools. I just wanted to see what else is there. I just wanted to explore other options.”

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The 6-foot-2 All-Ohioan originally committed to Wisconsin on June 13.

Dixon has offers from more than 20 colleges including Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, UConn, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Marshall, Miami, Pittsburgh and Purdue along with the Badgers.

He had an outstanding senior season for Tallmadge this season.

Dixon led the Blue Devils in receptions (88), yards receiving (1,493) and touchdowns (19).

In the last two seasons, Dixon caught 157 passes for 2,954 yards and had 39 touchdowns.

While Dixon hasn’t made any visits yet, he has indicated that he has a couple visits in mind but isn’t ready to release where those visits might be.

“It’s kind of back to the beginning,” Dixon said. “I have a couple schools in mind, but I’m just kind of reevaluating things right now.”

Dixon is up in the air on whether he’ll sign with a college in December and said that he most likely will wait for Feb. 1, 2023, to put pen to paper on national signing day.

Contact Brad Bournival at bbournival@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @bbournival.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Collin Dixon decommits from Wisconsin football