Vols Get Commitment from a 4-Star 2018 Running Back

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    The Vols may have missed out on in-state running back Master Teague a couple weeks ago, but they were able to make up for it on Saturday by gaining a commitment from another highly-rated running back in the 2018 class.

    Lyn-J Dixon, a running back out of Butler, Georgia, committed to the Vols on Saturday, giving them their first running back commitment in the 2018 class. Dixon is a four-star running back according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he’s the No. 6 all-purpose back in the 2018 class.

    Dixon chose the Vols over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Texas, and others. Dixon has visited Tennessee twice in the past two months and attended Junior Day back in early March as well.

    As a junior last year, Dixon amassed some eye-popping stats. Dixon ran the ball 229 times for 1,914 yards and a whopping 35 touchdowns according to Max Preps. He also caught 28 passes for 312 yards and three scores. He has 4,526 rushing yards and 62 touchdowns on 556 carries in this three years, adding 66 receptions for 984 yards and nine scores as well. Dixon is also a solid kick returner and has at least one punt return for a touchdown along with several other impressive returns in his high school career.

    Dixon’s stats are backed up by his film as well. His highlight tape shoes a strong runner with a solid burst of speed. He has good awareness and knows how to be an effective receiver as well.

    The Vols now have 13 known commitments in their 2018 recruiting class after Dixon’s pledge. As stated above, Dixon is the Vols’ only running back commitment in their 2018 class but is the second commitment from the state of Georgia. He joins wide receiver Jatavious Harris who is from Milledgeville, GA.

    Tennessee needed a solid running back in their 2018 class. And Dixon may prove to be just that.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.