Jakob Dixon, middle, and members of Pleasure Ridge Park High School's football coaching staff pose for a picture after Dixon announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Sunday, July 10, 2022, in Louisville, KY. Dixon, a rising senior, earned a scholarship offer from the Wildcats during a camp in June at Kroger Field.

Jakob Dixon arrived in Lexington on June 12 for a Kentucky football camp as merely a blip on the Wildcats’ recruiting radar. Three days later, he left town with a scholarship. 

Dixon’s nine receiving touchdowns as a junior at Pleasure Ridge Park High School put him in a tie for fifth among the top pass catchers in Class 6A, but, in his words, “Nobody really knew who I was” when he took his place among dozens of prospects at Kroger Field. 

That changed when he started running routes. 

Tommy Williams’ phone rang later that afternoon. PRP’s head coach was roughly 153 miles southwest in Bowling Green for a camp at Western Kentucky when he got the news: UK’s first-year offensive coordinator, Rich Scangarello, wanted Dixon back on campus for another workout.