GoBlueWolverine caught up with Coach Richard Bailey, Head Coach of Fayetteville, N.C. Jack Britt High School ... and arguably the nation's top OT prospect, Xavier Nixon.
GoBlueWolverine: So how is your week going Coach?
Coach Bailey: "It has been a very busy week, Michigan was here on Monday I believe with Fred Jackson (area recruiter), and Greg Frey is supposed to come back next week Talked to Fred for quite a bit and we had a very good conversation and of course, they were able to bump into Xavier."
GoBlueWolverine: What kind of offensive linemen is Xavier?
Coach Bailey: "The biggest thing in my opinion that stands out he is a very athletic big kid. He is not some big overweight typical offensive linemen that most people think of with those types of kids and cannot move. Xavier is six foot, six and a half inches tall weighing 280 pounds. He really looks skinny and I was kidding around with him the other day about him being the only offensive tackle with abs muscles. Being an athletic guy that separates him from other bigger tackles around the country who just can mash a defensive linemen because how much bigger they are, but do not get be wrong Xavier can do that as well. What he does better than anybody I have ever seen is block people at the second level he does not miss linebackers and safeties. That is the thing I think he does better than any other offensive linemen that I have ever seen."
GoBlueWolverine: How much have you dealt with Coach Rod when he was at West Virginia and the type of offensive Linemen he wants?
Coach Bailey: "Xavier is the type of offensive linemen that Coach Rod really wants from talking to him at West Virginia. He really wants guys that are athletic and kids that can move and pull on sweeps and block on the second level. Xavier is a kid that will gain probably another twenty to twenty-five pounds and still look skinny, but will still be very athletic. Speaking of it Jake Long is a kid that is not some big fat kid he is a big athletic offensive linemen and he is going to be making a lot of money."
GoBlueWolverine: With so many offers, does Xavier have anything narrowed down yet?
Coach Bailey: "He has over forty offers right now and I told him he needs to narrow it down soon to numbers that are more manageable. We are hoping to narrow it down in June when his father comes back from Afghanistan for two-week furlough. Both his parents are military officers and right now, he is over there while his mother is home. Xavier is one of those kids that do not favor any certain school and you can see him wearing five different shirts from five different teams all in one week from all the different camps he attended."
"We went on a tour to Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh before and in May; we are taking him to Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, and Florida. We are not sure about getting up to Michigan, but he is thinking about going up there for camp we really do not know right now. He also camped at Notre Dame last year for a three-day camp."
GoBlueWolverine: How much interest does Xavier have towards Michigan?
Coach Bailey: "Yea he likes them, but probably the biggest thing right now is the record of offensive linemen they have produced in the NFL the last twenty years in which I believe they have produced nine offensive linemen in the first round. Obviously, they have the number one draft in the NFL draft this year with Jake Long who is one of those mean and nasty offensive linemen that you want on your team who is very athletic and can move for a big man. They have that reputation of producing great offensive linemen. In addition, he knows the type of school that Michigan is with their academics just in case he does not make the next level he would have a great education and be able to get any job he wanted. He is taking three honor classes right now, so education is very important to him."
GoBlueWolverine: What are some of the factors that will play into Xavier's decision such as distance, depth chart and coaches?
Coach Bailey: "Distance will not be a factor he has moved around being a military family. Wherever he goes, his parents told me they were planning to retire from the military and move wherever Xavier decides to go to school for at least while he is at school. His dad is from Pennsylvania and has family members in Chicago area so going north will not be a problem. I told Xavier that besides picking a wife later on down the road picking a school will be the biggest decision he makes the rest of his life. His parents are going to be a big factor helping him with this decision along with myself. The one thing we have stressed is that he is going to pick a school that is right for him and not solely, because of where all his friends are going. I do not care where he goes as long as he is happy of his choice of school."
"Depth will be something he is going to be looking at as well so that is going to matter. Do not get me wrong he is a great football player, but he does not need to go where three other All-American offensive tackles have signed. If Xavier is not one of the top five offensive linemen in the country, I want to see them. He is not afraid of competition because his ego will say he can beat out anybody, but he will be smart about it."
"I told him the two biggest people he needs to feel comfortable in are the offensive line coach along with the strength coach because those are the two guys that will be yelling at you. The only time you hear the head coach yell is when you did something wrong. The line coach will be the guy that you go to meeting everyday and he keeps track of you on a daily basis."
GoBlueWolverine: Speaking of the strength coach, did you meet Mike Barwis who followed Coach Rod to Michigan?
Coach Bailey: "Yea sure did I admire him a lot he is very good at what he does. He is a fired up type of guy and he is very good at his job. He is a very good selling point to any kid that knows that Mike Barwis will get the most out of you that is for sure."
GoBlueWolverine: What type of offense do you run?
"We run the zone read option that Coach Rod ran at West Virginia. In fact, we went up to West Virginia last year for a clinic in the spring to learn how he runs the offense. We actually have a quarterback that Michigan is looking at; as well, he is a Pat White type quarterback. . Not trying to say he is Pat White, but he is that type of quarterback."
For a scouting report on Nixon: The 6-7, 270 pounder was Gene Hankerson's Top Army Combine performer.
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