Dixon Signs With Harding University
The Piggott High School Library was standing-room-only on Thursday, March 17, as multi-sport standout athlete Logan Dixon signed his letter of intent to attend Harding University in the fall, and continue is football career. Dixon, the son of Pam and Andy Dixon of Piggott, made the decision to attend school at Searcy after visiting other campuses, and noted following the signing ceremony how much it felt like home.
"I felt like I fit in there, it seemed like the place for me and there was a good atmosphere," he explained. "It's a really nice school and nice facilities, it just seemed like the kind of place I'd want to be for the next five years."
A three year starter for the football Mohawks, Dixon made the transition from quarterback to running back his junior year and had a break-out season as a senior. Last fall he rushed for 1,530 yards on 182 carries and scored 16 touchdowns. Five of those came in his final game as a Mohawk, as he scored on runs of 9, 63, 94 and 92 yards against the Corning Bobcats and caught a 35 yard touchdown pass from Bret Fuller for another. On the night Dixon rushed for 289 yards on 11 carries, and helped secure possession of the Rice Bowl Trophy once again.
In addition to recogntion as a member of the Mohawk basketball team the past three seasons, Dixon also emerged as a talented runner for the PHS Track Team. His performances in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400 garnerned him a trip to the state 3A track meet, where he and other members of the Tribe posted a high finish and qualified for the overall meet.
In making the choice to become a Bison, Dixon felt he made a positive connection with the staff. "I really like the coaches, they're nice guys and good Christian-based men, they're good guys," he added.
In looking ahead to beginning his collegiate career, Dixon adds he will miss much about the life he now enjoys.
"I grew up here, all my friends are here and I got a lot of good memories here," he offers with a smile. "Really, it's hard for me to explain, but this is a good place for me."
Among those on hand for the occasion were Dixon's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents teammates, friends and well-wishers. Also taking part in the ceremony were Mohawk football coaches, Michael Harrell, Shawn Hearn and Walter Rau.
"They are getting a great football player, and an even better person," Mohawk Head Coach Harrell said of his former star player. "Just watching him grow up has been great, of course I grew up with his dad so I've known them forever. But, it's been a lot of fun watching him grow as a player since third grade."
Still new to the head coaching ranks, Harrell benefited greatly from the talents of the young back. "Logan has been just a pleasure to work with, he'll do anything you ask him to do and he's such a hard worker," Harrell offered. "He's also tough as nails, and really carried the load for us this year in football, and the last couple of years in track."
Harrell also pointed to Dixon's work ethic, lifestyle and volunteer spirit as an example younger players can, and should aspire to. "We have been very lucky to have an athlete of Logan's caliber here in Piggott," he surmised. "And he's been just a great example for the younger players--to give them someone to look up to and something to aim for."
The Harding Bison compete in the Great American Conference and finished 7-4 last season, winning their final four games in a row. They'll open their season on Saturday, Sept. 3, as they host Oklahoma Baptist University at Searcy. It will be the first of six home games on the season, which will conclude with a Nov. 11, contest with in-state rival Arkansas Tech.
Additional information on the Harding football program may be found online at www.hardingsports.com