Colorado continues to make a big splash at the Dallas-area high school with four-star prospect KD Nixon becoming the Buffs' 20th pledge from the Class of 2017. He had 16 other reported offers, including offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas Tech.
Nixon's teammate Laviska Shenault Jr. committed to Colorado in late April and DeSoto offensive lineman Xavier Newman joined the Buffs' commitment list on Monday. All three were in Boulder for an official visit last weekend.
While talking with Scout recruiting analyst Greg Powers at DeSoto earlier this week, Nixon credited his relationship with Buffs co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, as well as the game day atmosphere at Colorado, as the main reasons he is high on the Buffaloes.
Nixon is usually the fastest and most explosive player on any field he steps on. Colorado's coaches have told him they plan to utilize his versatility on offense by playing him both in the backfield and at slot receiver. He is also expected to be in the mix to return punts and kicks when he arrives in Boulder.
Earlier on Tuesday, Scout's analysts included Nixon on their list of 13 of the nation's best niche players: “Nixon, who checks in at 5-foot-7, 175 pounds could qualify for best slot, best under 5-foot-9 and best return man. He plays all of those positions for DeSoto High and he does them all well. He is one of the fastest and most explosive players in the nation and in one game using GPS tracking this season the DeSoto coaches clocked him at 25.3 MPH.”
How fast is that? Well, Rae Edwards broke the lab treadmill record at 25.3 MPH in 2014.
Nixon led DeSoto, a perennial big-school power in Texas, in overall receptions as a sophomore in 2014 and he led the team in touchdown catches as a junior. This fall, Nixon is averaging 115.7 all-purpose yards per game for the undefeated Eagles, who are currently the No. 2 ranked team in the Lone Star State by MaxPreps.
And, in case you were wondering, his full first name is Kadarrian.