The Irish Staff Has Not Given Up On Nixon

The Notre Dame coaching staff is trying to make a final push in landing five-star offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.

Out recruiting this past week, Irish assistant coaches Corwin Brown and John Latina stopped in Fayetteville, N.C. to see Xavier Nixon, who as of Nov. 21st, according to his Jack Britt High head coach Richard Bailey, is favoring Florida, LSU, Miami and North Carolina, over the Irish and Clemson.

"The visit went very well," Fotini Nixon, Xavier's mother wrote to Irish Eyes. "Coach Brown and Coach Latina stopped by Xavier's school for a while. Coach Latina hit the road shortly thereafter, and Coach Brown hung around and stopped by our house around 6:30 p.m. We hung out for about 35 minutes.

"I feel that the visit went very well. I met Coach Brown briefly at one of our games when Notre Dame was here playing UNC. This was my first time actually sitting down and having conversation with him. We had a good visit. He was very pleasant and down to earth."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Nixon plans on announcing his college decision the weekend of Jan. 3rd at the U.S. Army All-American game. Bailey told,'s Florida site, that Nixon could be done taking official visits, as Jack Britt is making a push towards the state title game on Dec. 14th, and the Shrine Bowl pitting the best players from North Carolina against South Carolina's, is the following weekend.

Nixon,'s top-ranked offensive tackle, has only visited Florida officially. He has also been to LSU a couple times, and North Carolina on numerous occasions. Nixon has never been to Miami, and last summer, he and his father visited Notre Dame for the first and only time for a football camp.

"Both Xavier and I think Coach Brown is a great guy; very sincere/genuine," Nixon's mother wrote. "As far as Xavier's leader, I can't really speak on it.

"I can tell you that he has been completely focused on his high school football team. They are one game from the state championship and that is his primary concern. Xavier has not really spoken to any one on the phone (media or coaches). Their opportunities to speak with Xavier are when they actually visit his school.

"I wish I had more information for you, but that's it in a nutshell."

Expect Notre Dame to be in Nixon's ear as much as possible all the way up to the Army game. Top Stories