Clemson is in the market for at least one running back this cycle, and one that sits squarely on the staff’s radar is Lyn-J Dixon.
The 2018 four-star prospect from Taylor County High in Butler, Ga., who saw his recruitment pick up last summer has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in each of his three high school seasons. As a junior, he surpassed 30 touchdowns.
The Clemson Insider recently caught up with Dixon, who helped lead his team to a 10-2 record in 2016 and trip to the second round of the Class A Public state playoffs.
“It went well,” Dixon said. “I had a good season.”
Dixon attended the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and returned to Clemson for the Pittsburgh game in November.
A trip to Georgia Tech on Jan. 29 is the lone visit on Dixon’s schedule right now, but he said he is looking forward to seeing Clemson again.
“Yes sir I am,” he said, “and continue to get a stronger relationship with the coaches.”
A speedy and shifty athlete, Dixon is especially dangerous in the open field and also a weapon on special teams in the return game.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder plays bigger than his size and has netted a number of big-time offers. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech comprise his offer sheet.
He has the attention of Clemson, as well, and named the school among those showing the most interest.
“Clemson, Louisville, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech,” Dixon said.
What is he hearing from Clemson?
“That I’m one of their guys they are looking at,” he said, “and that I’m in their minds.”
Clemson sees Dixon in the mold of an Andre Ellington. He likens his game to another former college star.
“I try to compare myself to Reggie Bush back when he played at USC,” he said.
Dixon hopes to continue feeling love from Clemson when he gets back on campus.
“I want to experience the good vibe and feeling the other kids get that attend the school,” he said.
Still in the early stages of his recruiting process with more offers on the way, he isn’t favoring any particular school over the others.
“Everything is neutral,” he said.
Dixon is rated as the No. 196 prospect in ESPN’s Junior 300.