Nix High on the Wolverines

It hasn't taken long for Clairton, PA lineman Luke Nix to emerge as one of the most coveted junior prospects in the country. It has been less than a month since national signing day, and 6-5, 275-pounder's offer tally has already surpassed 20. The Michigan Wolverines were among the teams that took the early plunge and have been showing a great deal of interest for quite some time.

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“I’d been getting mail from them for the past two years or so,” Nix said regarding Michigan. “They came to my school this year. It was the quarterback coach, Scot Loeffler. They offered me last month sometime.”

Nix was excited by the Wolverines’ official show of interest. As it turns out, he’d been watching the Maize & Blue far longer than they’d been watching him.

“Actually I grew up a fan of Michigan,” he admitted. “When I was in middle school, a player from around here went to Michigan. Steve Breaston. I’ve always just liked them.”

Despite his childhood affinity for Michigan, the talented prospect has yet to name a favorite or even a top five. At this point, he’s content to find out more about the programs he is considering by taking a number of unofficial visits.

“I went to Pittsburgh’s junior day and I’m going to take a couple visits this spring, but I’m not sure where to,” Nix said. “I’m sure I’ll stop by Michigan.”

The biggest question surrounding Nix’s playing future, aside from what college he will attend, is what position will line up at. He’s being heavily recruited as both an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman.

“It’s really a mixture,” Nix said regarding whether schools were recruiting more for one position than the other. “(The schools) really haven’t shown me a preference yet. I could wind up on either side of the ball. Michigan said I’d probably be on the offensive line.”

In an interview earlier this month, Nix’s head coach Bill Cherpak indicated his star pupil projects equally well to both positions.
“Initially, I thought (he’d wind up) on the offensive side of the ball, but he is so quick off the ball, uses his hands well,” said Cherpak to “His arms, he has incredibly long arms. If he is touching you, you can’t touch him, his arms are so long, so he can do both. It will be up to the coaches.”
For Nix, where the respective schools want him to play won’t be a factor in his decision. He has a set list of criteria that will weed out his ultimate destination.

“I’ll be looking at the coaching staff, I’m going to need to get a great education, and then (the school) needs to have nice facilities and a nice campus,” Nix explained. I plan to make my decision before my senior season. I’m going to take more visits during the summer. I’m probably going to go to some camps, but I’m not sure of where. My coach is taking care of all of that.”

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Nix in the coming months.

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