Lyn-J Dixon is still getting used to the attention.
Such is life when the major scholarship offers continue to materialize. Notre Dame and Texas offered the three-star running back from Butler, Ga., in the last week. Those programs joined Alabama, Georgia, LSU and several others on the list.
“It really feels good coming from a small school and a small town,” Dixon said. “You don’t see that often. To be the first person for that to happen to at a small school, it’s like an honor. It’s still kind of a little shocking to me.”
Irish running backs coach Autry Denson has been in touch with Dixon for awhile now. Building that relationship started with getting to know each other. Now it’s developed into an offer.
At first Dixon wasn’t sure that would happen.
“When they first started talking to me I was kinda iffy about it,” he said. “But I was really hoping that they would offer me. I kind of saw it coming but then again, the time that it happened, I was kinda shocked. It happened kinda fast.”
Dixon has been paying close attention as Denson, still the all-time leading rusher in program history, talks about his alma mater.
“He seems like he’s a man of his word and things like that,” Dixon said. “We’re just getting to making the relationship stronger. But as I’m still communicating with him, getting to know things, I’m kinda getting the feeling that he’s really about what he says. He’s about business.”
Moving forward, Dixon wants to include a stop at Notre Dame on what he hopes is a busy spring and summer visit schedule. Dixon plans to see South Carolina this weekend. He mentioned Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as other possible destinations.
Visits outside the area will be important to the 5-foot-10, 177-pound prospect as he continues to evaluate all options. Dixon recently visited Tennessee but otherwise hasn’t been traveling much.
He’s been doing research from afar instead.
“I’m looking at them to see how their offense fits my game,” Dixon said. “I also look at how the coaches treat their kids and if the coaches really help. Do they really care about me as a person more than a player?”
Spring practice will be another measuring stick. Dixon will likely see what programs are most serious as they make their way to Taylor County High School.
“I feel like when spring comes in and coaches are coming down I’m gonna go hard regardless,” Dixon said. “I’m gonna pretend like they’re not there and just work hard. I’m not gonna look too deep into it. I’m not gonna let the recruiting process stress me down. At the end of the day, it’s a business.”