Tony Elliott will be out and about during the spring evaluation period seeing a number of running backs on Clemson’s board for the 2018 class.
Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star Lyn-J Dixon continues to be closely tracked by Elliott and is among those who will get a visit from the running backs coach.
“He’s supposed to be coming for spring practice,” Dixon told The Clemson Insider. “While he’s there, I’m going to try to pretend like he’s not there. I’m still going to work hard and show him my good work ethic and how I’m the type of player that will never give up and will go hard every play.”
Dixon visited Clemson for the third time on March 31 and said he has communicated with Elliott since.
“I wished him a happy Easter and things like that, so we stay in contact and everything is going great,” he said.
As a junior last season, Dixon rushed for 35 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards.
The No. 12 running back and No. 196 overall prospect in ESPN’s Junior 300 rankings feels his skillset is a fit with Clemson’s offense.
“The high school I go to now, we pretty much do the same thing,” Dixon said. “What they like about me is that they can use me as a slot, they can use me everywhere and I can catch and can run too.”
Dixon caught the staff’s attention with his performance at the Dabo Swinney Camp last June. He returned for the Pittsburgh game in the fall before bringing his mom, sister and brother with him on the latest trip last month.
“My mom said she likes the academic part and the family part,” Dixon said, “and talking to coach Elliott, she said she really respects him for being real and caring about the kids.”
Dixon added offers from LSU, Notre Dame and Texas among others the last couple of months to an offer sheet which already included schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
If Clemson pulls the trigger on an offer, it will have been long awaited by Dixon.
“Getting an offer from Clemson would mean a lot because of going through their process for a long time and just wishing to get one,” he said. “The day if it comes, it would be a shocker because you’ve been waiting for a long time.”