KD Nixon, 2017 ATH, DeSoto (Texas)
Size: 5-8, 175 (4.57 laser 40)
Recruiting info: Nixon, a four-star athlete who Scout ranks as the No. 191 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300, committed Tuesday evening to Colorado following an official visit this past weekend to Boulder. Nixon's commitment came a day after teammate and three-star offensive lineman Xavier Newman committed to Colorado, and the Buffs landed their four-star receiver teammate Laviska Shenault Jr. back in the spring.
The trio of Buffs commits play for one of the nation's most talent-laden public high school programs, Dallas-area power DeSoto, which has about 20 players with FBS offers. Nixon is the eighth player in the state of Texas' 2017 class to commit to Colorado, which is now No. 24 nationally in the Scout team recruiting rankings. Nixon is the highest-ranked player in Colorado's 20-player class to this point.
In addition to Colorado, Nixon has accumulated a nice list of offers over the course of his recruitment, including Arizona State, Duke, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and several others.
Senior season (through 7 games): Nixon has racked up 597 yards from scrimmage. He's caught 18 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 13 times for 154 yards and two scores. He's also returned two kickoffs for TD's as DeSoto has started the season 7-0 and is a state title contender in Texas' largest classification.
Junior season: Primarily used at receiver, Nixon caught 26 passes for 411 yards and and five touchdowns.
Sophomore season: Nixon enjoyed a breakout sophomore season as he gained 733 yards from scrimmage. He caught 47 passes for 623 yards and five scores, while rushing 10 times for 110 yards and another touchdown.
Freshman season: Very few players get on the field at the varsity level as a freshman at a school like DeSoto, but that's exactly what Nixon did. He caught 11 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns and finished his first campaign with 182 yards from scrimmage.
Mid-season senior highlights:
Analysis from Scout's Greg Powers, national analyst covering Texas and the Plains:
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.
Nixon 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's a prospect who you will find interesting ways to get involved in the offense. Would fit perfect as a slot-style running back.
Analysis from Scout's Gabe Brooks, regional analyst covering the state of Texas:
KD Nixon is the type of modern offensive athlete who is tailor-made for the spread offense.
Nixon can line up in the backfield, in the slot, or outside, while also being a lethal special teams player in the return game. Nixon has excellent initial burst and good top-end speed. He's been laser-timed in the 4.5's in the 40 and plays at least that fast in live action.
As a pass-catcher, Nixon does a good job keeping the ball away from his body, and he's deadly if you allow him to get a good first step, which he often does. He can take the top off a defense with his acceleration, but he's also an impressive short-to-intermediate threat who can make defenders miss in close-quarters situations.
Nixon's lateral mobility and overall short-area quick-twitch athleticism cannot be overstated. He possesses outstanding start-and-stop characteristics and, combined with his small stature, that makes him a tough one-on-one tackling assignment in the open field.
Nixon lacks ideal size, but despite his shorter stature, he possesses above average bulk and is thickly built. That allows him to succeed as a hole-puncher in his team's between-the-tackles handoffs. If Nixon finds, an alley, it is immediate trouble for the opposing defense.
Nixon's lack of size puts a ceiling on his ability to improve his blocking, but we've seen him show a regular willingness to block, even throwing big peelback blocks when the moment presents itself. He could be an early contributor on special teams, and his athleticism and versatility will make him an intriguing offensive option at the Power Five level.
Clips from the Adidas Texas 7-on-7 Chapmionships in July:
Clips from The Opening Dallas in March: