The Lake Travis High School football team enters the 2012 season with their 5th straight state championship ring. In February, the program had five student-athletes sign their letter of intent to play at the next level including Griffin Gilbert, who signed with TCU, and Colin LaGasse, who signed with SMU.
But one gifted player, who isn't leaving the program for another two years, is Shaun Nixon. The running back played a big role in leading his team to an undefeated 16-0 season. Nixon's head coach, Hank Carter, spoke about the ability in the 2014 prospect.
"Anytime you start 16 games as a sophomore and have over 1000 yards you get attention," Carter said. "He catches the ball great out of the backfield. He's a very physical runner. He doesn't play like a sophomore. We're excited to see him play again this season."
The Cavaliers are known for developing talented players. Carter compared Nixon to the program's former running back/wide receiver prospect from the 2010 class, Andy Erickson. Erickson finished off his senior year with 1,347 receiving yards and 970 rushing yards. The talented recruit, who ran a 4.46 40-time, later went on to sign his letter of intent with Rice.
Erickson's senior stats are close in comparison to the young Nixon, who finished off his sophomore year with 1,272 rushing yards and 366 receiving yards. He also had 18 total touchdowns last season. Nixon is currently running a 4.6 40-time, but he still has two more years to cut it down.
"I think Shaun's a special player," Carter said. "I don't think we've had anybody like him since Andy Erickson and he's probably even going to have more ability than Andy. We're excited to see Shaun grow, as well as get stronger and faster."
Nixon currently holds offers from both Texas Tech and Clemson, but is getting looks from a number of other top programs. When it comes to what the young recruit is looking for in a school it's all about the running game.
"I'm going to be looking at the running game," Nixon said. "I want to go to the school that has the best program for me and also one that I can excel in life. I want a good education. Whatever is the best program for me is the best program for me. I'm just going to keep my eye out and keep my options open right now."