Clemson plans to take only one running back in its 2018 recruiting class, and the Tigers got their guy on Wednesday when Lyn-J Dixon signed with the program.
The four-star running back from Butler, Ga., chose Clemson over finalist Oklahoma State. He had additional offers from Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas among others.
Dixon, a top-10 all-purpose back nationally according to multiple recruiting services, cited several reasons for his college choice.
“I chose Clemson because of what they stand for and the strong relationship I have with the coaches,” Dixon told TCI. “I looked at what Clemson stands for and the way they handle (the recruiting process), and also thought about the fans they have. Their fans are amazing.”
Dixon (5-11, 178) was committed to Tennessee before reopening his recruitment in October. The Tigers gave him an offer in July and made him their priority target this fall. He attended Clemson’s annual All In Cookout in July and returned to Clemson for his official visit in November. Dixon then made an official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend before rendering his decision.
In four seasons at Taylor County High, Dixon amassed more than 7,000 all-purpose yards and scored 536 points in 37 games, an average of 14.5 points per contest.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott compared Dixon’s dynamic playmaking ability to that of former Clemson running back Andre Ellington.
Dixon feels he will bring a similar style of play to the table as a Tiger.
“A running back who is shifty and quick with speed and nice vision,” Dixon said. “The ability to break tackles and the ability to catch the football.”
Dixon is happy to be part of Clemson’s historic 2018 class, knowing the big impact they have a chance to make as a group in the future.
“I am very excited and it’s a nice feeling to be a part of this 2018 class,” he said.
What are Dixon’s goals for his freshman year?
“My goal is to work hard and be the best I can,” he said, “and be D-I in the class room.”
Dixon finished his high school career with 629 carries for 5,174 yards (8.2 average) and 73 rushing touchdowns. He also recorded 76 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine scores.