Dade County Standout Gets UM Offer

Laenar Nixon is a kid I liked when watching him play last season at Carol City. He reminded me a lot of David Williams, except not quite as impressive. But I knew he was young.

Then I saw him again in his spring jamboree and he looked much better, and had gotten at least an inch and a half taller. At that point, I immediately moved him into my Super 50 and rated as one of the state's top two tight end prospects.

Then I was very impressed again at UM's summer camp, when Nixon checked in at 6-foot-3 and 1/4 and 205 pounds. He ran a 4.60 on the wet grass, two weeks after running a 4.50 at Auburn's camp on the track.

Your current core GPA: About a 2.9

Your current test score: I'm still waiting on them to come back. (editor's note: Nixon has already passed both sections of the HSCT).

Which schools called in May: UM, FSU, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Illinois, Iowa, Syracuse, a whole bunch of them.

Has any of them sent you a scholarship offer in writing: Yes, Virginia Tech did in May, then Miami did after the camp. Auburn also offered me.

Did Miami offer at their camp: Yes, I met with CJ and Coach Coker.

What were they talking about: They said how they want me as an H-Back and just said to keep working hard and focus on my grades and everything will be straight.

Talk about the Miami camp: It went really well. I got a chance to see how they do a lot of things. I was very impressed by their entire coaching staff.

Who were some of the top kids you met at the camp: A kid they called Arizona (Brian Hernandez) was the MVP. I also met a big dude from Oklahoma (Curtis Justus), who said he wanted to come here, too.

Who is the best player in Dade County outside your own team: Darnell Jenkins from Central

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: It's looking like UM. If not, then Virginia Tech.

What's your plans for a decision timetable: I want to take some visits, and I just want to have a good senior season. I want to keep staying in good shape.

Nixon is a super kid to sit down and talk with. I spent almost 40 minutes on the phone with him. He runs track (200 and 400) and should be solid inside the classroom. He's this year's version of David Williams and I'd love to get him if Justus doesn't come to UM. In my own personal opinion, those are the two tight ends I want most. You got a Shockey type in Justus and a Williams type in Nixon. If this offer still exists on signing day, I'd be real surprised if Nixon went anywhere else. Afterall, he's been a Canes fan his entire life and is already talking about things from a UM perspective (see his comment on Justus). Nixon is a teammate of Glenn Sharpe, Terrell Lemon, and Senorice Moss.

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