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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee secured a commitment from 4-star running back Lyn-J Dixon over the weekend.
The Tennessee coaching staff landed the Georgia native because it did a great job of making Dixon feel at home.
Dixon plays football and grew up in Taylor County, Ga., which has a population of almost 9,000 people. The small-town origin played a key role in Dixon’s decision.
“I think family is the big thing,” Dixon’s coach Mark Wilson told SEC Country. “We try and preach family around here and I think he looked somewhere he feels comfortable and feels like a family atmosphere. That’s what he felt when he went up there.”
Only a five-hour car ride separates Dixon and his committed school from his family and friends in Taylor County.
“He likes the atmosphere,” Wilson said. “He likes the people and the place, just really impressed with it.”
Dixon’s hometown even influences the kind of teammate he has been throughout his career.
“He’s a great teammate,” Wilson said. “Kids like him. We are a small community and small town, so they’ve all grown up together and played together.
“He’s a teammate that works hard and does a good job.”
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Tennessee’s early recruitment of Dixon played a role in his decision as well. The Vols were the first to offer him, doing so when he was a sophomore. The coaches using the extra time to grow the relationships helped set the school apart.
“He’s really liked it up there when he’s been and visited and seen the school,” Wilson said. “Coach [Robert] Gillespie and Coach [Tommy] Thigpen recruited him and they did a good job.”
A day after Dixon’s commitment to Tennessee, another running back, Anthony Grant Jr., announced his plan to sign with the Vols.
Bringing on two running back prospects always seemed to be the Vols’ plan. The two even talked about playing together at the college level.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Grant told Josh Ward on the SEC Country Tennessee football podcast earlier in the week. “Ever since he knew I was interested in Tennessee, we’ve been talking about it. It’s been a good deal for us.”
As the focal point of his team’s offense, Dixon rushed for 1,914 yards and 35 touchdowns last season while adding 312 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
But sharing future touches won’t be an issue for Dixon, according to his high school coach, since SEC running backs almost have to split carries now to stay healthy. Also, Dixon’s main focus is on winning.
“He’ll do fine,” Wilson said. “He’s going to do what we need him to do. He just wants to get out there and win. He does what you ask him to do. We move to receiver, we move him to free safety.
“He’s not going to worry about that.”
Tennessee target rates as a 5-star
Class of 2019 prospect Stephen Herron Jr. received a 5-star rating from the 247Sports composite rankings.
Herron plays defensive end for Trinity High School (Louisville, Ky.).
Earlier this month, Herron released his top-10 list with the Vols making the cut along with Michigan, Stanford, Ohio State, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas and Alabama.
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— Stephen Herron, Jr (@stephenherron_) June 18, 2017
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