Chad Simmons

Will Lyn-J Dixon be the next Alvin Kamara for Tennessee?

Lyn-J Dixon is giving strong consideration to be the next in a long line of elite Tennessee running backs. Read what the Peach State producer had to say about the Volunteers.

BUFORD, Ga. — Lyn-J Dixon can do a number of things to help an offense advance the football down the field and put crooked numbers on the scoreboard.

Another running back who is more than capable of doing the same thing is former Tennessee Volunteer Alvin Kamara.

Coaches on Rocky Top have told the 5-foot-10, 177-pounder that his skillset bears a close resemblance to Kamara’s.

"I can really see it because, Alvin, he played at the wide receiver,” Dixon told InsideTennessee. “They've got him spread out and back in the backfield and I can see myself doing the same thing. So I can see that comparison."

Dixon, who also sees similarities in his game to former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, has 5,510 yards from scrimmage with 71 touchdowns (62 rushing, 9 receiving) on his stat sheet at Taylor County (Ga.) High School leading into his senior year.

Tennessee coaches would love to weaponize their future offense with someone capable of such production.

"I've really got (the Vols) high because they show me tons of love," Dixon said. "But it's still like in the middle with a bunch of schools. But I'm really going to narrow down my top 8 schools or 10 or 5 in my football season, like the third game."

Dixon puts the chances at Tennessee making the cut at "100 percent."

The runner said it's "all the coaches, really" that have Tennessee as a top choice.

"I can kind of see myself playing with them, too, so I mean they're going to make the cut," Dixon said.

"Our high school runs that same offense. I feel like if I do go to Tennessee, everything will be similar and I will fit right in."

If he’s going to be a Volunteer, the playmaker has to appreciate the thought of making Knoxville his first home away from home as well as placing his trust in Butch Jones and the Tennessee coaching staff. To get an idea of the orange side of things, Dixon made his way to Rocky Top on March 4.

"It went excellent," Dixon said. "I really enjoyed it. I see myself going back there for a spring game.

"The coaches, they really showed me love. I really felt like I was welcomed. So I really appreciated it, and I really enjoyed it."

If the Taylor County (Ga.) High School junior chose to sign with Tennessee, assistant coach Robert Gillespie would be in charge of getting him better every time he steps foot on Haslam Field.

"Coach G, he's a heck of a guy," Dixon said. "I love talking to him. I feel like we have a good relationship. It's easy to talk to him; I can talk to him like a dad. He seems like a family guy who will be there for you. He'll get you right to be a better man and a better football player."

Dixon said that since Gillespie played running back at Florida, "he could teach me a few things."

Other programs recruiting him hard, Dixon says, are Clemson, Louisiana State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

"I'm looking forward to visiting all the schools that are showing me tons of interest," said Dixon who recently visited Georgia and Georgia Tech as well.

The back plans to trip to Ann Arbor, Clemson, Columbia, Norman, South Bend and Stillwater in the weeks and months ahead.

"I'm really trying to go on all these visits because I really want to find a place that fits me," Dixon said. “Would I still feel comfortable at that school even if it is a distance thing? Would I still feel comfortable at that school? So distance don't matter to me. It's just will I feel welcome at that school and feel comfortable around the people?"

On Sunday, the runner was at The Opening Atlanta "to compete against the best." Time will tell if he enrolls at Tennessee for the same thing.

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