UNC Remains in Picture for Nixon

Scout.com five-star prospect Xavier Nixon is still considering North Carolina, according to Richard Bailey, Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt's head football coach.

"As far as I know, he does [have interest in UNC]," Bailey said. "…When I last talked to him about this subject – now he hasn't made any official top five – it's pretty much down to LSU, Miami, Florida, and then the University of North Carolina. That is my best guess."

Focused on his senior football season, which recently entered into the playoffs, Nixon, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle, has put his recruitment completely on hold.

"He just has not been answering any calls," Bailey said. "His mom has pretty much let all the coaches know that he has shut down his recruiting until after we're done in the playoffs."

If Britt, which is the top seed in the NCHSAA 4AA East bracket, reaches the state championship game, Florida, which is the only school Nixon has officially visited, would have an unmatched advantage.

"I don't even know if he'll take another official visit," Bailey said. "I know that kind of stinks, because he's only been to Florida, [officially]. But he's been to Carolina a bunch of times, unofficially. He's been to LSU, unofficially. He has not been to Miami, unofficially, but he knows the coaches [and] their coaches have been by the school."

The NCHSAA 4AA Championship Game is set for December 14; if Britt makes it that far, Nixon's recruitment would be on hold for another month. Immediately after the state championship game, Nixon would head to Spartanburg, S.C. for the Shrine Bowl, where he'll participate in practice all week long and then play in the game on the following Saturday. Two days later, the recruiting calendar enters a dead period until January 2.

On January 3, Nixon will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he will announce his collegiate decision. Moving his announcement date back is not an option for Nixon.

"He's pretty much locked into that, because his dad's coming from Afghanistan and they want him to make the decision at that point," Bailey said. "I'm assuming he's going to stick to that – unless something drastic changes."

Despite the lack of focus on recruiting, UNC's turnaround this season hasn't been lost on Nixon – thanks in part to Bailey.

"He has taken notice about what Carolina is doing right now," Bailey said. "Trust me, I'm constantly bringing it up to him. I'm a big Carolina fan. I try to let him know every time Carolina wins or gets a commitment from another recruit."

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