2015 ATH Plans ECU Visit

2015 Centreville (Clifton, Va.) athlete Xavier Nickens-Yzer plans to visit ECU in April. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the Pirates.

It doesn't matter what position it is on the field, Xavier Nickens-Yzer can play it. After an impressive junior season the talented two-way player is hearing from a lot of colleges – including ECU. The Pirates became the first to offer Nickens-Yzer on Feb. 4, 2014.

"ECU was my first offer," said the 6-foot, 180-pound Nickens-Yzer. "But I've been talking to Old Dominion, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Penn State, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, UCCON, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. They are all talking about offering in the near future."

ECU is a school Nickens-Yzer is familiar with and one that he would like to get even more familiar with. He visited campus for a non-football trip one time, but will be attending a Junior Day at ECU on April 12.

Junior Day will give Nickens-Yzer a chance to build on his relationship with ECU's coaches. Defensive line coach Marc Yellock has been his main contact, he has expressed interest in having Nickens-Yzer play safety or outside linebacker.

"Coach Yellock is a great coach and I like to think we have a good relationship," said Nickens-Yzer. "He showed me that he believes in me by giving me my first offer and I will remember that throughout my recruiting process."

Nickens-Yzer played on both sides of the ball for Centreville last season. He sees time at a lot of positions on the field.

Centreville went undefeated this season winning the 6-A Virginia State Championship. In that game, which was his "first at cornerback," Nickens-Yzer had two interceptions and six pass break-ups.

"I feel like my biggest strength is my ability to play every position," said Nickens-Yzer. "I love to hit. I'm fine with doing the dirty work, such as blocking or taking on blocks."

While he hasn't thought about combines to attend this summer yet, Nickens-Yzer plans to visit Virginia Tech, Auburn and potentially LSU.


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