Last week Akeem Dixon dominated Vero Beach High School’s spring game, rushing 10 times for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns and adding two more scores through the air, and he’s kicked off this week by committing to the Syracuse football team.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard much about Dixon, as he’s not particularly active on Twitter and hasn’t visited campus recently. But after rushing for 877 yards on less than 100 carries last year, averaging 9.0 yards-per-carry and scoring nine touchdowns in 2016, the 6-foot, 220 pounder has picked the Orange over offers from Louisville, Purdue, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, and a handful of others.

Dixon is a power running back, continuing the trend of Syracuse going after bigger guys who can pound it up the middle (following Markenzy Pierre in the 2016 class). He had five games of more than 100 yards rushing last season, and added 90 yards on nine receptions over the course of the year, per Max Preps.

Of course, Dixon offers more than just power, and brings a track and field background with him to the Orange, as well. He has a personal-best in the 100 meter of 11.13, and was named the No. 4 player in’s Super 11 among area players. Dixon is a 3-star recruit, and a very nice addition to the Syracuse class of 2018.

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  1. […] Syracuse football’s recruiting efforts for 2018 just keep rolling along, as Dino Babers and his staff picked up another commitment tonight, this time from speedy running back Jawhar Jordan. This is the second running back commit for the Orange, joining power back Akeem Dixon. […]

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