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Three talented DeSoto recruits set to visit Boulder together

Ever since joining the Buffaloes' commitment list in late April, blue-chip receiver Laviska Shenault has been trying to convince a handful of his DeSoto (Texas) High teammates to join him.

Two of them will join him... at least on an official visit to Boulder.




KD Nixon is a four-star athlete ranked among the nation's top 200 prospects from the Class of 2017. Scout has predicted Colorado to be the front-runner for Nixon, and he also mentioned Houston, Illinois and SMU as schools that are “still on him very hard.” When asked about the Buffaloes, Nixon said, “Colorado is a great fit, especially with the [former] coach [from Texas Tech] (Darrin Chiaverini). Since my 'brother' (Laviska Shenault) is going, it is a big blessing to play with him.”

Greg Power's Evaluation of Nixon: "We would classify him as slotback in today's game. Nixon is an explosive and versatile prospect no matter where he lines up. He is a dangerous return man, who hits the hole hard and does not waste any motion. He gets downhill in a hurry. He brings that same direct quickness to the offensive side of the ball where he will line up in the backfield or out at receiver. Looking ahead to college he is a prospect who you will find interesting ways to get involved in the offense. Would fit perfect as a slot style running back."

Colorado appeared to be the front-runner for Xavier Newman late last spring after he took an unofficial visit to Boulder. But the nation's sixth-ranked offensive center this cycle received an offer from Texas and he decided to give the in-state Longhorns a verbal commitment on May 30. Newman has obviously stayed in contact with the Buffaloes' coaches and he has also continued to listen to coaches from Oklahoma.

Gabe Brooks' Evaluation of Newman: "Xavier Newman is a quality Power Five-caliber offensive lineman with playing experience at left tackle in Texas high school football's largest classification. Newman is an established drive-blocker who thrives in the run game. He gets his hands inside his target and consistently steers opponents where he wants them to go. He also does a good job of staying on his blocks and finishing them through the whistle. Newman's frame more resembles that of a guard-to-guard player, though he does have adequate length and the requisite playing experience on the outside. He's getting offers as a combo OG/OT prospect. Newman possesses a good ceiling as a pass protector, though he sometimes looks like can't quite turn off his drive-blocking instincts. That said, his tenacity and aggression are a welcome site for any program looking for quality O-line prospect from one of Texas' most talent-laden programs."

Laviska Shenault Jr. is currently the Buffaloes' top ranked pledge, and his younger brother La'Vontae Shenault, a Class of 2019 recruit, is one to keep an eye on for the future. Earlier in the process, Laviska received offers from a long list of programs including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, LSU and Oklahoma State. When asked about his decision to commit to Colorado, he said, "I like the coaches, they are great. It just feels good. I want to do something new, see new things and do new things."

Gabe Brooks' Evaluation of Shenault: "Shenault Jr. is a versatile pass-catcher who has played several roles for his high school team, but likely translates best at the next level as an outside receiver. Plays tight end, H-back, outside receiver, and slot for powerhouse Texas high school program. Good size with enough space on frame to get bigger. Tough, well-rounded player who knows how to block from perimeter and a 3-point stance. Deceptively good long speed. Not a dart-and-dodge receiver, but flashes a strong stiff-arm and straight-line speed to be capable of pulling away from DB's once he's in the open. Can improve quickness off the ball when split wide. Overall, a high-major receiver prospect with toughness and versatility that is not easy to find."

The following five highly regarded prospects from the Class of 2017 have also told BuffStampede.com they plan to take an official visit to Colorado this coming weekend:







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