Nix Not Expecting A Walk In the Park

Louis Nix isn't sure what to expect when he reports to Notre Dame in a month, but he's just about ready to hit the road. The defensive lineman from Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) is counting down the days until June 20 when the freshman class reports for summer school.

The summer heat has already hit South Bend, Ind. which won't help the lineman adjust to the uptempo pace of Notre Dame's workouts. Nonetheless Louis Nix is anxious to get to campus and get started.

"I'm ready to get up there, I definitely am," Nix said. "There's too much trouble, too much going on here and I don't want to get caught up in that. I'm just ready to head up there and start playing football and start my training and get started on my future.

"I text Lo Wood and stay in touch with him. He said that when I first get there that it isn't going to be a walk in the park. I don't think it's going to be a walk in the park. I expect to work hard and I know I'm going to be tired. I know that when I'm tired that I just need to push through it.

"The (Notre Dame) coaches gave me a program to keep me busy," he said. "I'm following that, but at the same time I'm working out with some of my coaches. The (Notre Dame) coaches just want me to get in shape and lose weight. I plan on doing all that, but at the same time I'm trying to enjoy that last days with my family and friends.

Like many of his classmates, Nix got his first taste of what the Notre Dame football program would be like under Brian Kelly during his visit for the Blue-Gold game at the end of April.

"I enjoyed the game a lot and I got a feel for everything," Nix said. "I liked how everything was run. It's a lot different than what we did in high school, so I can't wait to see what Ian Williams, Tyler Stockton and those guys do.

"The coaches were in preparation mode for the game most of the time, but when I was around them we talked. They were real focused and their attention was on the game. I liked that, but at the same time they made me feel at home and made everyone feel welcome.

"Coach Elston and I bonded a little bit, he said. "I talked to him some. He's a great guy. I can't wait to get coached up by him, because he seems like he's going to be hard on you, but at the same time I think he'll be able to relate to you. He's a pretty good guy."

A big part of Nix's adjustment to college life will be his teammates. At the spring game he made the most of his time with the guys he'll soon be knocking heads with.

"It was great hanging with all the guys from the 2010 class like Kendall (Moore), Cameron (Roberson), Bennett (Jackson) and all those guys," he said. "That was really great. I had a lot of fun meeting those guys and talking a lot. I met one of the committed guys, Brad Carrico. I talked to him a little bit and he's real cool.

"After the game we mostly spent my time with Hafis (Williams), Kapron (Lewis-Moore), Ian (Williams), Tyler (Stockton), and (Jamoris) Slaughter. I also got to meet Armando Allen. All the guys were cool. We all got to hang out at Armando's place."

It won't be long until Nix gets to reunite with his teammates. Louis and his teammates are scheduled to report on June 20.

"I'm just counting the days off until we get up there," Nix said. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people, not just the football players but other students and people like that. I'm trying to be prepared. I'm buying all the stuff that I need for my room and all that type of stuff.

"A lot of guys say that Notre Dame is a long way away and that I'm going to get homesick, but I always feel that I'm glad that I made this choice. I just have to make sure I do well, work hard and I don't come home too soon. I don't want to come home early after just getting there, because it either means that you don't want to go to school anymore or that you just can't hack it. I doubt (that I come home early) unless it's a family emergency."


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