Nix: "All Notre Dame"

A day after firing its head coach, Notre Dame received great news on the recruiting front. Scout.com's No. 12 rated defensive tackle, Louis Nix from William M. Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) pledged to the Irish. Nix had previously been committed to the Miami Hurricanes.

In a strange turn of events, only a day removed from announcing the end of the Charlie Weis era, Notre Dame received a commitment from Louis Nix (6-foot-3, 310-pounds)

Scout.com ranks Nix as the No. 12 defensive tackle in the country. He committed to Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford tonight.

"It was a hard decision to choose out of Notre Dame, LSU, Florida and Miami," Nix said. "All are great schools, but I just had to go where my heart sent me… that's how I knew Notre Dame was the place for me. I know that they're going through a coaching change, but I just felt Notre Dame was the best place for me.

"I'm the first guy that would go to Notre Dame from my school. I just wanted to do something special, and that's getting a degree from Notre Dame.

"Coach Weis is a great guy," nix said. "When I was on my official visit, he told everyone that was there. 'I don't have to sell the school, it sells itself. Talk to the players and talk to the people around here. Experience it for yourself. That's how good the school is.'"

Nix made three visits to Notre Dame. His first trip was for Notre Dame's summer football camp in June. His second was his official visit for the Michigan State game September 19. Nix returned to Notre Dame for an unofficial visit when the Irish played USC, October 17.

"I have a mentor that told me, if Notre Dame took interest in me that I should look into it," Nix explained. "Before they offered me, he said let's get together and try to make something happen, go up there to the campus and see how it is.

"When I went up to the camp, I had a great time. I had fun working out with coach Bryant. I met a couple players and they were regular guys like me. I thought they were all cool and nice to hang around with. I felt like they were brothers to me.

"I had fun up there," he said. "I decided that I wanted to take an official visit, and then I wanted to see what the USC-Notre Dame game was like, because they said it was a big rivalry. That's how it all happened."


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