Louis Nix has Great Visit to UF

The Florida Gators had a bevy of big time prospects on hand for their first junior day weekend for the 2010 class. Among them was five-star defensive tackle Louis Nix of Jacksonville Raines. Nix is currently committed to Miami, but made the short trip over to Gainesville and came away very impressed. The Gators pushed academics and Nix felt that UF was a place he would be taken care of.

It seemed to catch Nix off guard, but however they presented it, he sure took notice and came away with a new found respect for the Gator program.

"It was great," Louis Nix said. "Just being there was exciting, it's always exciting when you go to Gainesville. The first thing they talked about was academics and I liked that. They are worried about our schooling and they talked about our graduation rate and they talked about what we will do after football. I am still thinking about what I want to do, not really sure, but I do like statistics."

The Gator coaches were on him in particular during the day. Nix is the top rated defensive tackle for the class of 2010 and being from nearby Jacksonville, the Gators feel there is no reason for him not to be a Gator when the time comes. Head Coach Urban Meyer, defensive line coach Dan McCarney, and quarterback coach Scot Loeffler who recruits the Jacksonville area were talking to him about being a Gator.

"Coach Meyer and Coach McCarney were trying to sway me away...there are some things that they said that I just won't repeat," Nix said with a little laugh. "The thing I liked the most was Coach Loeffler, he recruits my area, he told me that regardless of how it is, he wants me to go where I want to go. He said that Gainesville is a great place. He said he talked to the players himself before he signed on with Florida and they told him that Coach Meyer is pushing them off the field and not just on the field. That got my attention.

"Coach Meyer told me he wants me to be a Gator."

Look for Nix to visit a few more schools during the off time, but it will have to be when he can get to those schools. Transportation is somewhat of an issue.

"I am going to try and get to a few more places," he said. "A friend of mine had the day off today so I came over with him."

Nix has yet to take his first college entrance exam, but he has the first one scheduled soon enough. He doesn't feel there will be an issue with qualifying when the time comes.

"I take the first college exam in April but my grades are pretty good," he said. "I am not a computer whiz or anything, but they are good enough."

There is no doubt about Nix's strive to be the best. He asked where he was ranked on Scout.com and I told him he was the No. 1 player at his position, but the overall rankings aren't out for the class. He wants to know when they do come out and had this to say about them, "If I'm not number one, I need to work harder."

Louis Nix is just the kind of overall player and person Coach Meyer and company would like to help mold into their championship program.

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