Clemson recruiting: Oklahoma State visit gives RB Lyn-J Dixon tough decision

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Lyn-J Dixon visits Oklahoma State over weekend

The timeline for 4-star running back Lyn-J Dixon has picked up speed in the last few days, and it’s hurtling toward the finish. The Butler (Taylor County, Ga.) product narrowed his list of potential schools to two last week, saying he’d choose between Clemson and Oklahoma State. He made a trip to Stillwater, Okla., over the weekend as he winds down the days to his decision and subsequent signing.

Dixon told Rivals’ Chad Simmons that the visit ”was great, and I really enjoyed it.” The coaches told him he’d compare to former Oklahoma State running backs Justice Hill and Tyreek Hill, comparisons that certainly won’t dampen his opinion of the Cowboys.

He mentioned to Simmons that he’s set to announce a decision on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. ET before signing on Wednesday when the early signing period opens.

“To be honest, this is going to be the hardest decision in my life,” Dixon told Simmons. ‘I’m going to pray and look into a lot of things before making this decision.”

Mychale Salahuddin de-commits, includes Clemson in top 5

Another running back on Clemson’s board could be there if Dixon decides to pick Oklahoma State. Mychale Salahuddin, who had been committed to USC since June 26, announced his decommitment from the Trojans on Sunday afternoon.

“The thought of being a Trojan is something I’m truly interested in, but it must be decided with a little more time and consideration,” he writes.

Notably, he still lists USC as his top school following the re-opening of his recruitment. But Clemson is there at No. 2, meaning the Tigers are still very much in play for the 4-star all-purpose back from Woodson (Washington, D.C.).

Salahuddin has made official visits to North Carolina and USC.

Clemson commits, target take part in Shrine Bowl

For the third year in a row, the state of North Carolina went home as the winner of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which took place on Saturday. They beat South Carolina 55-24, the biggest margin either team has won by since 1977 — marking the first three-game win streak for the Tarheels since 1949-51.

Clemson had a pair of commits take part in the game in linebacker Jake Venables and receiver Derion Kendrick. Venables finished the game with 7 tackles — 5 solo and 2 assists.

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Jake Venables turned in a nice performance in the Shrine Bowl on Saturday. (Cory Fravel/247Sports)

Kendrick hauled in 3 passes for 60 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and he ran for 45 yards on 5 carries.

One of Clemson’s biggest remaining priority targets, 5-star defensive end K.J. Henry, served as captain for the North Carolina squad. He had said he wanted to focus on this game before diving headfirst into his college decision, which he will announce on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.


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