Nixon provided an update since he signed his LOI in early February to play for the Cougars?
"After football season, I played basketball. We did a lot better than people expected. We made the second round of the playoffs, but lost to the eventual state runner-ups. We should have beaten them. It was fun. I played because my coach was depending on me. Otherwise, I probably would have just stayed in the weight room, but it was a good experience.
"Since basketball I've been hitting the weights pretty hard. I'm also running every day. I also graduate this week, so that's a pretty nice feeling."
One of 10 children, Nixon says he has also spent a lot of time "just hanging with the fam."
"I went to Washington D.C. on a business trip with my Dad a couple of weeks ago. I also went out to the lake with my family last weekend and I went camping with my dad and brothers earlier this week. Family is really important to me. I'll be going away to school pretty soon, so I'm spending as much time as I can with the family," he said.
Nixon also confirmed he has received the now-famous Omer workout CD from the BYU coaches. "The lifting is pretty tough. The conditioning is, well, it's all pretty tough. It's strenuous, but it's definitely getting me stronger."
When does he plan to be in Provo?
"I'm actually heading up there June 23. Right now, I'm getting ready to play in the Oil Bowl on June 21. We start practice next week. It's a pretty big high school All-Star game -- Texas vs. Oklahoma -- and they play it in Wichita Falls. I'm just excited to put on the cleats and do drills again, because it's been a couple of months since I've done that. After the game, I'll drive up to BYU and I should be there on June 23. This game should be a good warm-up for me before heading to Provo."
He continued, "I'm going to go up to Provo and work out for a couple of weeks and then come back home July 7 or 8. I want to meet the players and pretty much get killed by Coach Omer. It will be fun to be there with the guys, to work out with them and get to know them. I'm really looking forward to strapping the pads back on and playing again."
Nixon's planned return to Texas in July is for another important family event. "My older brother Michael gets home from his mission on July 17th. He's been serving in Kiev, Ukraine, and he's going to be there at the Y with me."
Another "older brother, John, who went on a mission to Brazil, will also be at BYU, so it will really be fun having my two older brothers with me at BYU. That was an important part of my decision to sign with BYU. My sister might also be up there with her husband.
"After my brother gets home, we're going to Hawaii with the family for four days, then I fly straight to Provo for two-a-days."
Nixon said he has remained in contact with the BYU coaching staff since signing day. "Coach Mitchell was down here a couple of weeks ago for the Nike camp that was here in College Station. When he comes in town, he comes by to visit and I call him every so often."
He noted he is excited about defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall's new defensive scheme. "I started to go over a little bit of it when Coach Mitchell was here. He said there are something like 357 variations of the defense and we have to know all of them. It's a no-huddle defense, so you have to know secondary calls, too. It's a lot, but I'm ready to learn and pick it up.
"The coaches still plan on me playing outside linebacker. They talked to me about playing special teams and said that how quickly I learn the scheme will determine how much I play at linebacker. There are awesome guys who are seniors in front of me. I definitely don't expect to start, but I'm anxious to play. The plan right now is to play this fall and then leave on my mission as soon as possible after the season, maybe in January."
NIXON UPDATE ON CHASE WILLIAMS:
Nixon also provided a brief update on teammate Chase Williams, who was recruited but not offered by BYU.
"Chase signed to play baseball at San Jacinto Junior College. Our baseball team was ranked #1 in the nation, but we lost in the third round of the playoffs. We had major league baseball scouts at our games and Chase was one of the star players. He was a great right fielder. He'll probably get drafted this year."
David recalled one remarkable play Williams made this past season. "In the state playoffs, he sprinted all the way from right field and dove over our 1st baseman and caught a fly ball. There were some coaches and scouts sitting next to us and they said, 'Who is that guy? Where is he going? Some big D1 school?' I told them San Jacinto JC and they said, 'That's a mistake.'
"Chase might even play a little football at San Jacinto, too. The BYU coaches told him they would watch him if he was playing football, so that's still a possibility."
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