Back in September, Xavier Nickens-Yzer tried to commit to ECU only to be told by defensive line coach Marc Yellock the Pirates were full on commitments for the 2015 class. With ECU being his only Division I football offer, Nickens-Yzer took the news pretty hard.
Instead of wallowing on it allowing himself to be sidetracked from his senior season, he responded with a monster performance.
“This season I got selected all-state, all-district and all-region for the first time,” said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Nickens-Yzer.
The accolades were well deserved especially considering the fact that he started each game on both sides of the ball at safety and running back. Because of his success on the field, ECU has kept in contact with Nickens-Yzer along with other schools. It could be just a matter of time for him to land a new offer or to get his chance to commit to ECU.
The Pirates even sent Nickens-Yzer a new piece of mail this week.
“It’s a waiting game right now,” said Nickens-Yzer. “I got a second letter from ECU telling me how lucky I am to have an offer and the details of my scholarship. I tried to contact coach Yellock about it, but haven’t heard back yet.”
Nickens-Yzer also mentioned he is drawing recent interest from Indiana and that he is hopeful for an offer soon. Mississippi State is another school showing interest in Nickens-Yzer and he landed a preferred walk-on sport at Oregon.
Despite those schools expressing interest, ECU continues for be Nickens-Yzer’s preferred landing spot. He still clings to hope that a spot will open up in the Pirates’ 2015 class and it still remains a possibility.
As a senior Nickens-Yzer helped lead his team to the state championship. Although they fell short of winning the title, it was a close game that included a two-touchdown comeback in the last five minutes – one of the touchdowns being an interception return by Nickens-Yzer.
The Pirates will have a chance to end their season on a high note if they manage to beat the Florida Gators in the Birmingham Bowl. Nickens-Yzer is excited to watch the game and is confident in ECU.
“I’m going with ECU to win (against Florida),” said Nickens-Yzer. “The defense has struggled a little bit, but I think they will pull it out against the Gators.”
After the bowl game there is still a little over a month until the 2015 class signs national letters of intent.