Over the weekend, Iowa State played host to one of their top 2017 targets in the current recruiting cycle in Paramount, CA three-star JUCO CB Keisean Nixon. This visit for the Cyclones was regarded as a “major one” as the 6-foot, 200-pound cornerback is their guy at the position.
When Nixon arrived on campus in Ames, he was immediately reunited with his former JUCO teammate at Arizona Western College and current Iowa State player, D’Andre Payne, who signed with the Cyclones as a mid-year signee in last year’s class. Meeting back up with Payne definetly made the trip better for Nixon as he got to meet him face-to-face for the first time in a while.
“I was with him since the moment I arrived,” Nixon said. “He didn’t really recruit me to Iowa State. I came here because I wanted to be here. He doesn’t care where I go, he cares about me. We were roommates in JUCO, so we’re very close. We talked about the process and whenever we can.”
Iowa State’s fans and game day experience really blew Nixon out of the water. In fact, on his visit he shared a pretty cool moment with the fellow Cyclone fans.
“I would rate my visit 8 out of 10, it really went good. Chatted with some teammates, hung out with the coaches and players, just normal stuff. The fans are real and when I got into the stadium the fans were cheering my name, I really liked that.”
Reuniting with D’Andre Payne was a major factor during Nixon's visit. But meeting and actually getting a chance to talk to the coaching staff, who gave Nixon his first offer in March, for the first time face-to-face was arguably just as important. Iowa State assistant Alex Golesh is recruiting Nixon, along with head coach Matt Campbell.
“They recruited me like everyone else, hard. I have a good relationship with them, they were my first offer and have been on me since day one.”
Early in the recruiting process, Nixon mentioned that both Arkansas and in-state California held the lead within his recruitment. However, since then, Nixon has kept his recruitment close to the vest, hasn’t hinted at any programs who might hold the lead in his recruitment or anything. Regardless, he has come up with a commitment date, and it will be on National Signing Day.
“I don’t have a list or a leader, just going through the process. National Signing Day is my commitment date as of right now. My comfort with the school and my liking will determine what school I choose."
Missouri will be the next program to receive an official visit from Nixon, that has been scheduled. With a National Signing Day commitment date and successful visit to Ames, the Cyclones might just be in store for a return visit from Nixon.
“There is a possibility I might return to Iowa State before National Signing Day. I just want to focus on my games as of right now, if it happens it does.”null