And the intensity of the process will likely continue to ramp up as the 6-foot-1, 170 pound four star receiver continues to advance through it.
“Right now I’m getting between 15 and 20 letters per day, and I’m grateful for that. It’s been pretty cool to see all the effort the schools have put in when they will take the time to edit your picture into something. That’s been really fun to see.”
Currently rated as one of the best 165 players in the country regardless of position, Nixon improved his recruiting stock tremendously with a strong junior season that saw him finish with 36 catches for 905 yards and 12 touchdowns as Viera went 9-0 in the regular season.
Duke has been involved for quite a while, and Nixon says he’s intrigued by what his recruiting coach, Jeffrey Faris, and Coach Cutcliffe are pitching.
“I speak with Coach Faris weekly and Coach Cutcliffe nearly as much. We are usually just catching up with each other, but they always let me know how much they like my game and how much they like me as a person. I have much respect for them.”
The Duke offense, of course, has long been known to provide chances for dynamic pass catches from Conner Vernon to Jamison Crowder. When recruiting Nixon, it seems as though the Blue Devil coaches are projecting big things from the four star receiver, and they believe that’ll start with a smooth transition to the college game.
“They’ve told me they really like the way I bring speed tot he game, and my ability to take any play the distance. I camped with Duke this past summer and they told me they really liked how smooth I was in and out of my cuts.”
“With Duke, they always let me know how much they want me, and they always are sure to tell me how they are building something special there.”
Beyond the field, Nixon says his decision will incorporate the usual combination of location, relationships, and academics. He’s also torn between three early academic concentrations at this time.
“It’s between technology, business, and coaching for the kind of career I’d like to pursue. I really do love the game of football, and I think coaching is going to end up as the way forward for me.”
Taking that into account, if Coach Tre Nixon was recruiting four star receiver Tre Nixon, how would he approach the player?
“I would first say how much I love his game and would love to be his coach. Then I would need to develop a relationship with him so that he was comfortable around me. Then I’d make sure to tell him every day that I want him in our program, and this is how we’d use his talent.”
And how would Coach Nixon run his program?
“I would expect my players to put in the time watching film on their own so that we were always prepared mentally and physically. We would be expected to compete every day - in practice and on game day. I think we would run the spread, no huddle offense as well.”