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We’re obviously still right in the heart of the 2017 football recruiting cycle, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead a little to the class of 2018. One name to remember is Florida running back Akeem Dixon. The 6-foot tailback from Vero Beach has a Syracuse offer early on, and right now the Orange are in good position for the talented runner’s services.

It’s obviously extremely early in Dixon’s recruitment, and right now the tailback has just two offers from SU and Bowling Green, but it’s never a bad thing to be ahead of the game. After all, Syracuse was one of the first to really figure out how good Tommy DeVito is, and that’s certainly paying dividends as his profile continues to grow.

Dixon has good size at 6-feet, 210 pounds and is a tough, physical runner with solid speed. He’s got the ability to get to the edge and run past defenders, and last season rushed for 787 yards with an average of 5.6 yards per carry, scoring 15 touchdowns on the season. That came on the heels of a freshman campaign in which he averaged 6.2 yards per tote and had 493 yards and nine scores.

With his size, Dixon certainly fits the mold of a runner like 2017 target Tayon Fleet-Davis. He’s definitely got some quickness, but his ability to move the pile is a big plus, particularly when considering Syracuse doesn’t have a lot of size at the position now that Jo-El Shaw is headed for junior college and his future status with the Orange is up in the air.

The Orange have reached out to a lot of players in the class of 2018, particularly in Dixon’s home state of Florida, but he’s certainly got the talent to emerge as a priority target down the road.

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