Looking For The Best (Full) Ride

The Miami Hurricanes are the bar. Now it's just a matter of, can any program bring Louis Nix anything better?

Back in November, Louis Nix gave a verbal commitment to Randy Shannon and his Miami program, but since then, the 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla., has started looking around and talking to other schools.

"I'm still a verbal commit, I'm just trying to make sure I don't miss out on an opportunity," Nix explained. "I still need to look around. It's like having a new car, but still looking around to see if there is a better one."

Miami is certainly a nice ride, especially with its track record of sending players to the NFL, but other luxury schools like LSU, Florida and Florida State, are now trying to showcase what they have to Scout.com's top-ranked defensive tackle.

Over a month ago, the five-star Nix heard from another classic program for the first time, when Notre Dame contacted William M. Raines High.

"My coach told me they're a great school," Nix said.

Since then, Nix says he's been trying to keep in touch with Irish assistant coach Tony Alford on a weekly basis.

"We just talk about how I'm doing, and keeping my grades up, stuff like that," Nix explained. "I'm just talking to coach and trying to get to know him better."

Nix is almost as excited about talking about his grades, as he is talking about football. A borderline student when he first began high school, Nix has aggressively been trying to improve his GPA. He currently sit's at a 2.5 cumulative GPA, but has it on the rise.

"I'm trying to get my grades way up," Nix stated. "I think I'll have a 3.0 by the time I graduate."

Miami remains Nix's favorite, but his top five also includes Florida, Florida State, LSU and the Irish. He is also hearing from the likes of Alabama, North Carolina, Michigan and Tennessee.

Talking with Alford has inspired Nix to do his research on Notre Dame.

"It's a great academic school," he said. "I looked up some academic stuff on them, and they have a 95 percent graduation rate. I saw it was in the top-20 in the nation in academics. I read that. They have a great history of football, and they could come back, and I want to see what they have to offer. I'm looking at it, and I might possibly take a trip there in April. It might be on the spring game."

Nix also feels that an Irish offer is on the way when his academics get in order. As far as a final college decision, Nix isn't completely sure when he'll completely wrap up the recruiting process.

"I'm looking for a great coach, great school, and good academics," Nix said. "I have to be comfortable with the coaches and players. I have to like the environment I'm in."

Distance is not an issue for Nix.

"I just want an education and to play football," he said. Nix doesn't know what he wants to major in yet.

This past season, Nix had roughly 50 tackles and 10 sacks. He also plays on the Raines offensive line.

"They tell me I'm explosive and I'm quick for my size, and stuff like that," Nix said of college recruiters. "I'm trying to work to get that better. I still feel like I'm not my best."

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