Ask Tre Nixon to recite all the schools that have offered him and all he can do it laugh. With a tally nearing 50, the four-star wideout is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country. As fulfilling as that is, comparing and contrasting that many schools is too cumbersome a task.
“I’ve talked with my family and we’re going to sit down on one of these days this week and really start narrowing it down,” said Nixon. “Hopefully, this weekend or next week, I’m definitely going to come out with a list or have it definitely narrowed down to 10-15 depending on how close we get.”
After extending an offer back in February Michigan has been among the most persistent schools courting Nixon, and he has definitely taken notice.
“I definitely keep in contact with (with Michigan),” he said. “Over Twitter I really do keep in contact, every two to three days. Over the phone, probably weekly. They’ve definitely been to the school. Coach (Jedd) Fisch has been in school and so has Coach Jay Harbaugh. I talk to Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, I would say a lot of times over the phone.”
“They’re great guys and easy to talk to. They’re very personable guys and definitely guys that you get to know really well. All around just great guys.”
And that’s just his impression from phone and social media interaction. He hopes to gain an in-person feel for his would-be coaches in the not-too-distant future.
“This summer I’m definitely going to take a lot of unofficial visits and Michigan is definitely one of the schools that I want to check out when I head up north,” said Nixon. “I don’t know the exact day that we want to go head up there, but I know once I get my brother situated with him going off to college, I’ll definitely be starting to plan something then to hit a couple of schools that I haven’t seen yet. Michigan is definitely one of the places that I want to see.”
That obviously suggests that the Maize & Blue will be among those that make the cut.
“The odds are really good,” admitted Nixon. “I do really like Michigan. I know they’re not that deep in receivers and receivers are definitely something that they need. That’s something they told me, if you come to Michigan, no job is going to be handed to you, but you can definitely come in and compete and there is a really good chance to come in and make an early impact. That’s one thing they told me and stands out for me when it comes to Michigan.”
“Relationship wise and my comfort level in talking to them and everything is really good. The only thing I probably want to see out of Michigan is just going and actually seeing the school in person and see what Michigan is all about. The relationship and everything is already there.”
At this point there are a number of other schools about whom he feels the same way. That’s why the Sunshine State star plans to patiently proceed through his recruitment. At the same time, he won’t drag it out until the bitter end.
“In a perfect world for me I definitely would make a decision before my senior season,” said Nixon I would like to make a decision and get the stress and all this off my back. I can just go out and have a good time for my senior season but that’s in a perfect world, but any time around that. I know definitely I’m not going to wait until signing day that’s for sure. It’s definitely going to be around that range between my beginning of my senior season or the middle or towards the end, but definitely before signing day.”