'09 Premier Prospect: OT Xavier Nixon

Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at one of NC State's top targets for the class of 2009.

OL Xavier Nixon

6-6, 285

Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, NC

The early word: Nixon has the potential to be the top player in North Carolina for the class of 2009 as well as a five-star prospect at some point. His combination of size, quickness and athleticism is rare on the high school level and Nixon may become the most highly recruited offensive lineman to come out of North Carolina in years.

Scholarship offers: NC State, UNC, Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU

Top Schools: Nixon has not narrowed his list down as of yet

Timeline for a decision: A commitment appears as though it will come later on in the process. Nixon seems content to take his official visits but a decision in late summer or early fall could be a possibility. He will make several unofficial visits over the coming months and when a prospect does this, he can sometimes come to a decision a little earlier.

Interesting side-note: Nixon is also a very accomplished basketball player. The combination of size and skill he has on the football field have also helped him become a very formidable basketball player for Jack Britt.

NC State recruiting coach: Tight end’s coach Jim Bridge

NC State connections: While every player that receives an NC State offer is a priority, we suspect that Nixon is very likely near the top of the Wolfpack’s wish-list. The Pack was the first school to offer a scholarship. Beyond that, Nixon comes from a military background which Tom O’Brien can certainly relate to. Lastly, teammate and friend C.J. Williams will play basketball at NC State and he’ll likely be in Nixon’s ear all year.

Behind the scenes: Although Nixon hasn’t necessarily listed a top five list yet, it appears NC State, Notre Dame, Clemson and UNC are the top players early on.

Wolfpack Visits: Nixon has already made numerous unofficial visits to NC State but the Pack will likely need to start selling an official visit very early in the process. Because he is a national recruit, out-of-state programs will try to push him to bypass officially visiting the in-state schools in favor of going to the schools he can’t readily drive to. The Pack has to make sure they secure an official visit in the event that his recruiting does play out that long.

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