Unlike a lot of schools nowadays, Clemson doesn’t just throw out scholarship offers left and right. The Tigers are very selective when it comes to offering recruits, and a recruit must meet Clemson’s standard and criteria for an offer in order to receive one.
In other words, if a prospect gets an offer from Clemson, he is probably deserving of it. That is certainly the case with Lyn-J Dixon, one of the few running backs that earned an offer from Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott during the 2018 recruiting cycle.
According to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, Elliott is as choosy as any member of the Tigers’ staff when it comes to offering prospects.
“There’s not a more stingy guy in our building with an offer than Tony Elliott,” Swinney said. “He is stingy, stingy, stingy when it comes to offering running backs because he wants the right type of people to be in his room. He takes a lot of pride in his room and who he’s with every single day.”
Elliott began recruiting Dixon early in the process, though he did not pull the trigger on an offer to him until last July following thorough evaluation.
Dixon (5-11, 177) was committed to Tennessee at the time but eventually reopened his recruitment in October. A month later, the Tigers got Dixon on campus for an official visit, and he ultimately decided to sign with Clemson.
Clemson inked Dixon in December during the early signing period. The four-star from Butler, Ga., filled Clemson’s lone spot for a running back in the 2018 class and met a need for the Tigers in the class.
“Lyn-J is a guy he identified early,” Swinney said of Elliott, “and I’m really thankful that it all worked out for him to be a Tiger. I think he’s got an incredibly bright future.”
Regarded as one of the top all-purpose backs in the country, Dixon rushed for 73 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards in his high school career at Taylor County. He also recorded nine touchdown receptions and over 1,000 receiving yards, and finished his career with 7,201 all-purpose yards.
A big reason why Elliott targeted Dixon is that he reminds him of former Clemson running back Andre Ellington.
“The reason I fell in love with him is because he remined me a lot of Andre Ellington when you watch his style,” Elliott said. “He has great feet. He has a great burst. He is fast, but he is not a blazer. However, he can run.”
Dixon was ranked as the No. 10 running back nationally by Rivals and the No. 171 overall player in the country by ESPN.
Dixon is not an early enrollee, so he will join the team this summer.