KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee staff pushed hard for a running back commitment and finally got one from Lyn-J Dixon on Saturday.
The 4-star running back from Georgia could be a very good piece in the Vols’ offense down the line. Dixon rates as the No. 6 all-purpose back in the class and the No. 307 prospect in the country.
At 5-foot-10, 178-pounds, Dixon will likely put on more muscle to handle the punishment of the SEC once he gets on campus and in the weight room.
Dixon becomes Tennessee’s first commitment since Orange Carpet Day. He attended the event and seemed to have had a good time with the other prospects and coaching staff. His commitment becomes the first validation of Butch Jones’ laid-back day design with no pressure to commit at the time.
The Vols received no commitments on an unusually quiet Orange Carpet Day but they did move into good position for a lot of different top prospects, Dixon being one.
With John Kelly being the only upperclassman running back on the team, Dixon may have to wait a few years to get his chance in the Tennessee backfield.
Dixon’s highlights show he possesses a terrific spin move out of the backfield and doesn’t take many direct hits, at the high school level at least. He also knows how to use a cutback move and hesitation in open space to continue a run for more yards. He’s smooth with the ball and knows how to avoid contact, which will always come in handy when facing SEC defenses in the future.
Tennessee could add another running back in the class with Anthony Grant Jr.
Grant seems to be Tennessee’s next running back of interest in the Class of 2018. He attended Orange Carpet Day last Saturday, too.
“I need those two play makers with me back there,” Tennessee quarterback commit Adrian Martinez told SEC Country when asked about the possibility of the duo committing.