Keisean Nixon has reached the final stage of his recruitment after recently settling on both his top group of schools and a decision date.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Arizona Western cornerback received his first offer, from Iowa State, in early March during the spring evaluation period and has seen his recruitment rapidly pick up since. Now, Nixon has narrowed his list of schools to four — Arkansas, California, Iowa State and Colorado State — and will commit to one of the programs on Aug. 1.
“I’m going to Colorado State on July 29 and I commit right after that visit,” said Nixon, who has already visited Cal earlier this year.
Nixon, who also holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Kansas State, Oregon State and BYU among others, won’t visit Iowa State or Arkansas before committing, though he has scheduled an official visit to Iowa State for Sept. 24.
Nixon said he’d be comfortable committing without seeing the school first, especially given his relationship with cornerback D’Andre Payne. The two were roommates at Arizona Western last fall before Payne enrolled at Iowa State.
“[They] really can't wait to get me down there and see me in person and things like that,” Nixon said of the recent message from Iowa State coaches. “I played with D-Payne, so I'm comfortable playing with my boy.”
Nixon, who will graduate in December with three years to play two, expects to contribute immediately for any of his four finalists and isn’t worried about who else might be on roster. Instead, he has two main factors.
“Loyalty and trusting the coaches,” he said.
With his decision less than three weeks away, Nixon broke down his finalists.
"Arkansas, the SEC [and] they’ve probably showed the most love as a whole, [fan base] and team. With Cal, it’s close to home. I grew up on the west coast not far from there. Colorado State, my relationship with the DB coach, Coach [Terry] Fair, that’s a big thing. Iowa State gave me my first offer and I feel like they’re recruiting me the hardest out of all the schools. That’s the reason why they made my top-[four]."