Clemson has added their single RB take in the class of 2018 today. Butler, GA, native Lyn-J Dixon committed to Clemson and signed his letter of intent, officially making him a member of the class of 2018. Dixon picked Clemson over competition from Oklahoma State, where he took an official visit just before the dead period.
Dixon comes to Clemson at 5’10” 178 lbs. He’s going to need to add a bit of weight while retaining his speed just to keep up with the college game. At Clemson he’s like to provide something out of the backfield in a bit of a scat back role. He’ll provide a nice change from Etienne and Feaster and should be a solid player for Clemson.
Dixon is a 4-star prospect, rated .9006 by 247, and his primary recruiter is Tony Elliott. He’s the 7th best RB in the class of 2018 and while this may be a weak class for RB outside the top, Dixon is no slouch.
Tony Elliott really likes Dixon. Coaches feel like Dixon could eventually become an Andre Ellington type of back while at Clemson. Dixon is between a high three star and a low four star for most recruiting services. I think this is an appropriate ranking. This was a weak crop of RBs, like Brian said, after Zamir White so I don’t see much difference between Dixon and others who might be more highly rated. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
Elliott wanted to grab a running back who would be more of a threat out of the backfield and a bit of a change of pace back to add diversity to the RB room. We wanted this in the last class too before Taggart swooped in and stole Darrian Felix who was all but committed to us. Thanks Taggart(we had to settle for Etienne!)! It was seen as a need for the team at RB and I can’t argue with the desire to bring in someone you view as an Andre Ellington type of player.
Dixon has plus hands and good speed, but his best weapon is short space agility. He will need to add a good 15-20 pounds to hold up at the college level, but you can see the potential. Dixon was a Tennessee commitment because Clemson stuck with Zamir White until the very end, but Butch getting fired open the door wide open. Dixon already had expressed interest in joining Clemson before the UT commitment. Dixon flirted with extending the process all the way to February, but wisely took his spot at Clemson. He also took an official visit to Oklahoma State recently, but the opportunity and pull to Clemson was too great.