You could almost hear it in Xavier Nixon's voice. Two weeks away, and there will be a lot less stress for the five-star prospect.
Nixon's father is a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Army, and returns home in a couple weeks for leave from Afghanistan. Over the two-week span his Dad is home, the Jack Britt High (Fayetteville, N.C.) standout will sit down with his parents and trim roughly 40 scholarship offers down to a lucky 10.
"It's going to make things a lot easier," the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Nixon said. "It's going to be a lot less activity going on once I cut the list down and focus on those top schools."
Notre Dame is certainly doing all they can to make that list, as they are one of the programs along with North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, West Virginia and Clemson that are recruiting Nixon the hardest.
"We'll see in about two weeks," Nixon answered, not wanting to tip his hand of Notre Dame's or any other school's chances of making the cut.
"I like the education I can get at Notre Dame, and the networking. I like the coaching staff. And there isn't too much that will knock them off the list."
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown was one of the first college coaches to stop by the school at the start of the evaluation period. He has known Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey for quite some time, going back to his days as an assistant coach on Virginia's staff.
Brown talks with Bailey on a regular basis, and also chats with Nixon about once a week.
"I feel really good about Notre Dame still being in that top 10," Bailey said. Offensive line coach John Latina has also been by the school. "I can't speak for Xavier, but I feel good about that. He is up to 40 offers, and you're eliminating 30 good schools."
Nixon had talked with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis three or four times since being offered.
"He's funny," Nixon said. "We just talk about life, nothing really football related."
Weis tried to reach Nixon at the start of the recruiting process with the school's one allowed call, but he wasn't available. Nixon said he plans on calling Weis back on Thursday.
Nixon camped at Notre Dame last summer, and an assistant coach on the Jack Britt staff is working the camp again this summer.
"I might go up there," Nixon said of a possible return trip.
Nixon will be hitting the road this weekend to check out LSU, Auburn and Florida.
Then it will be another week or so of recruiting stuff until his father returns home. Then Nixon is looking forward to putting the breaks on recruiting and hanging out with his Dad.
"It's going to be good," Nixon said. "I haven't seen him since January, so I'll get to chill with him a little bit when he comes back."
Nixon's father returns to the States for good in January. Hopefully by the U.S. Army All-American game, where Nixon plans on announcing his college decision.