Rising redshirt sophomore linebacker Lance Dixon has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to multiple reports.
The ninth-ranked outside linebacker in the 2019 class, Dixon redshirted his first year on campus while appearing in three games. He saw action in all nine games this season, totaling 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble.
Dixon, a four-star prospect out of West Bloomfield High School outside of Detroit, arrived in Happy Valley as one of the most athletic players on the roster. After playing primarily safety, and offense during his high school career, there was always going to be an adjustment period as he acclimated to a new position in the Big Ten.
A Michigan native, Dixon will have his choice of future schools should he choose to transfer, but the Michigan Wolverines seem like the most obvious destination. Dixon's high school coach, Ron Bellamy, recently joined Jim Harbaugh's staff as part of the shakeup in Ann Arbor. Bellamy himself was a receiver for Michigan.
The Lions will return Jesse Luketa, Ellis Brooks, Brandon Smith, and Curtis Jacobs as linebackers who saw significant time in 2020. Charlie Katshir will look to return from injury, while Tyler Elsdon could factor in as well as a redshirt freshman. Newcomers Kobe King and Jamari Buddin could play a role as well. Penn State could also look to the transfer portal to fill Dixon's spot.