Back when life was good and the Vols hadn’t lost yet, this year’s recruiting class looked like it could be one to remember for head coach Butch Jones.
On Saturday, it continued to crumble with the season and Jones’ coaching regime.
Georgia high school running back Lyn-J Dixon decommitted from Tennessee’s once-vaunted recruiting class on Saturday, hours after the Vols lost 15-9 to South Carolina.
I have made the Decision to re open my recruitment to all Schools ,I prayed🙏🏽 and thought hard on it and talked to my family before making this Choice..💯 ~Respect my Decision~
— Lyn-J Dixon…™📌 (@im_Next23) October 14, 2017
He joins Brendon Harris and Jatavious Harris. They likely won’t be the last ones to go, either. Perhaps he didn’t want to play in an offense that couldn’t generate a touchdown in 10 quarters.
But he’ll likely get to be re-recruited by another coach soon, anyway. It’s getting rough on Rocky Top.
Other commitments are taking visits left and right, voicing displeasure on Twitter and heading in different directions.
With Jones’ future up in the air, it’s safe to say this Tennessee recruiting class is going to look a whole lot different come National Signing Day. It may look a lot worse before it improves some.
Dixon is a dynamic playmaker who looked like he could be another Alvin Kamara type. He’s being heavily recruited by Clemson and others, and he’ll likely head in another direction though his tweet didn’t rule out the Vols.
This is one of the reasons why athletic director John Currie needs to act quickly. This is a program right now that is in limbo, with negativity happening everywhere from the locker room to the sideline to recruiting to the scoreboard. That kind of up-in-the-air status is one that is difficult for anybody deciding where to play his next four or five years.
Dixon is going to be a great player for somebody. Unless the Vols do something different and get in on him, it won’t be in Knoxville.