Tre Nixon hasn’t really visited much Florida lately and getting him to say much at all about the Gators hasn’t been easy. However, the staff seems to have picked up the recruiting of the tremendous speedster and he made it to Gainesville for arguably the best game the program has had in several years.
“I loved it, I loved every bit of it,” Nixon said about his trip to Gainesville to watch Florida dismantle Ole Miss 38-10. “It was a great atmosphere. I have probably been in The Swamp for games 3-4 times since I’ve been in high school and that was probably the loudest I have ever seen The Swamp. That was exciting to see and exciting to see the atmosphere and how live it was, so it was a great experience.”
While on campus that day, even with the big game going on, he was able to talk to receiver coach Kerry Dixon and more of the staff.
“I talked to Coach Dixon a little before the game and all the coaches after the game,” he said.
Nixon said Dixon keeps in regular contact.
“We just catch up with each other week in and week out,” he said about the relationship with Dixon. “We pretty much talk about anything. I always liked Florida growing up. I went to see a game as a freshman and started liking them as a freshman.”
One guy that has been working Nixon for the Gators is 4-star defensive back commitment Chauncey Gardner. The two squared off a couple of weeks ago in a game and afterward Gardner thought ‘we need to get this guy on our side’.
“Ever since the Cocoa game he has definitely been on me,” Nixon said with a chuckle. “He definitely wants me to be a part of this Florida class. He’s just constantly on me and texting me to join this class they are building.”
Nixon didn’t visit anywhere this past weekend and says that a commitment decision should come soon and the plan is to only visit that school of which he commits.
“Right now I have nothing set in stone,” he said not willing to come forward with any hints as to where he might go. “The next visit will probably be the official visit to the school I commit to. Things can always change, week in and week out, but my plan is definitely to decide in the next two weeks. I don’t want this to get past October.”
Six schools are currently in the mix for Nixon. Texas A&M, Georgia, Penn State, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Florida are the six he says are still garnering his attention. He talked a little about what stands out for each.
Auburn: “I like the staff a lot. Coach Malzahn, Coach Craig, Coach Lashlee, I have a really good relationship with them. Their offense is basically what I do at my high school. No huddle, down field throws, screens, and all of that.”
Texas A&M: “I have a really good relationship with Coach Morehead. He actually recruited me when he was at Virginia Tech. I like all the staff and I know I would fit in really well with the offense.”
Georgia: “It’s another school where I love the staff… Coach McClendon, Coach Schottenheimer, and Coach Richt. They are bringing in Jacob Eason. They are a team that proved this week against Tennessee they can throw the ball down the field. I can see what they are trying to do with their offense. They just need to do it with the right play makers.”
Penn State: “I like all the coaches. They have probably been there longer than any of the others. It is just an opportunity to go in and bring a different dimension to their offense really opens my mind.”
Ole Miss: “I love Coach Heard, Coach Freeze, and what they do offensively with spreading the ball around.”
Florida: “It’s kind of hard to explain with Florida. After I visited my freshman year I kind of fell in love with the school. It’s close to home. I have a good relationship with Coach Dixon and starting to build a great relationship with Coach McElwain too. With their offense they proved they can definitely spread the ball around and aren’t afraid to play young players. Just the overall atmosphere… I just like all of that with Florida.”
“Now in the process I do like Florida a lot and they are definitely one of the schools I definitely am considering at this point. I am just developing a relationship with the coaches and just keep building that relationship is the biggest thing for me, because the football and atmosphere speaks for itself.”
It is coming down to the wire and Nixon knows what he is looking for in a school.
“Definitely for me, the relationship with the staff is important,” he said. “Besides that the offensive fit, the schemes I fit and how they would use me in the offense. I just want to feel comfortable and at home with the school I choose. If I leave out of state or in-state I just want to know I feel at home with the place I choose.
“I want an offense that would use me to the best of my abilities which is going down the field as a vertical threat. I’m not saying I am a one-dimensional receiver, but I want them to use me to the best of my ability. Get me in open space with screens or whatever. All the schools I am looking at do a great job with that and I fit in all of those offenses.”
We aren’t far from it and Tre Nixon will be making one of the above six teams very happy to get one of the best play makers in all of high school football. Stay tuned as we continue to cover his recruitment.