Nixon Already a Hot Prospect

At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, Fayettville, N.C. offensive tackle Xavier Nixon is already a big man as a junior in his school. But it's what he can do on the football field that has impressed coaches from all over the country.

It's rare for any junior in high school to have offers from DI schools this early in the recruiting season, but for Xavier Nixon, another offer is just another on top of the many.

"Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Rutgers, Florida…….I think that's it," said Nixon when asked about the many scholarships he already possesses.

"I thought I'd get some offers, but I didn't know they'd come this fast, " Xavier, or "X" as most people call him, admitted. "I'm excited about it. Anyone would be, but I don't show a lot of emotion. I just want to stay focused on what I need to do. I'm real happy I have them though."

The Jack Britt high school star has already spent some time on Notre Dame's campus earlier this summer and got to spend some time with the Irish coaching staff.

"I went to camp there last summer," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches and be around the place. It was a really nice. I liked it there a lot.

"I spent most of my time there with coach Brown and coach Latina. Coach Brown has known my coach for a long time. I really got along with him well. He's a real cool guy.

"I spent the most time talking with coach Latina. He showed me a lot about the team and their schemes. I really liked him a lot. He was a really funny guy. He was always making jokes, and he seemed like a real cool guy to play for."

Nixon said the Irish made a good first impression on him.

"I liked it there," he said when asked his thoughts on the Irish visit. "I really liked the coaches there. They seemed like real genuine people—good people. I liked the campus a lot as well."

And Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has let Nixon know he's a top priority.

"He calls or texts my coach every single day to let me know how much they want me there," Nixon said of Brown. "As I said, he and my coach are pretty good friends, but he seriously calls or texts him every day. It's kind of overwhelming knowing someone wants you at their school that bad."

The Irish will have plenty of competition for Nixon's signature come February, 2009.

"I really haven't thought a lot about it yet," Nixon said. "Every time I start to think about it my head hurts. There's a lot of schools out there. There's a lot of information. I'm just going to take my time and visit as many schools as I can. I'll try to make some visits this winter, but that will have to work around my basketball schedule."

Already rated a four-star prospect on Scout.com, the offensive tackle prospect has already taken in a number of college games this season.

"I went to the Clemson opener," Nixon said. "I also went to three (North) Carolina games. I went to one at NC State. I had a good time at all of them."

Irish Eyes will also get a great look at Nixon in January.

"I was invited to the Army All-American Combine, so I'll be going down there for that," he said. "I'm really looking forward to that."


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