WVU picks up commitment from former Clemson RB Lyn-J Dixon

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon is bound for Morgantown. He announced his commitment to play at West Virginia Thursday afternoon.

Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon (23) is tackled by Pittsburgh defensive back Erick Hallett (Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

Dixon played in 41 games at Clemson. He rushed for 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns in just over three seasons with the Tigers. Dixon appeared in just three games this season, rushing for 48 yards on 10 totes.

Dixon’s best season came in his sophomore campaign in 2019 when the Tigers advanced to the National Championship Game. He rushed 104 times for 635 yards and 6 touchdowns while catching 14 passes for 121 yards. Dixon entered this season ranked second on Clemson’s all-time list in yards per carry (6.6).

Dixon was in Morgantown last weekend for the Mountaineers’ 31-23 victory over Texas. He played sparingly in each of the Tigers’ first three games this season before announcing his intention to transfer September 21.

A native of Butler, Georgia, Dixon was suspended for the opening half of Clemson’s season opener against Georgia for a violation of team rules, and Tigers’ head coach Dabo Swinney admitted Dixon was not in good standing with the coaching staff around that time.

“He just needs to grow up,” Swinney said. “It’s just that simple. He needs to be a team player. He’s a very good player, obviously. He’s very talented. But we just need him to stay out of (Tigers’ running backs coach C.J.) Spiller’s dog house. That’s about it.”

Out of high school, Dixon was rated the No. 171 player in the country by ESPN among 2018 recruits, including the No. 10 running back.

Dixon could have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He will join a Mountaineer backfield that will likely lose multi-year starter Leddie Brown. WVU will welcome back Tony Mathis, Jr., Justin Johnson, Jr. Jaylen Anderson, Markquan Rucker and Owen Chafin. Earlier this season, A’Varius Sparrow announced his intention to transfer, leaving WVU with one fewer tailback than it began the 2021 campaign with.

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