RECRUITING: Newest commit is an OU legacy

OU's newest commit and father talks about today's commitment to Oklahoma


JH: Tell me about your commitment to OU?

"The tradition of Oklahoma is so great. It is like a childhood dream to play at Oklahoma, especially with my father playing here. I grew up knowing all about Oklahoma and my dad really wanted me to go to Oklahoma. My dad always had great things to say about OU. When I visited OU and saw the university for myself I had nothing but great thoughts about OU."

JH: What are schools had offered you that you were considering?

"I also considered Miami, Virginia Tech and Kansas, but I am not going to visit any other school."

JH: Tell me a little about your career?

"I started for three years at tight end. This year I only played in four games because of a stress fracture in my left leg. I only caught six passes at 17 yards per catch because of the injury. I also played on special teams. My junior year I caught 28 passes for 315 yards and eight touchdowns. I played on special teams there as well."

JH: Where do you think you will play at OU?

"They talked to me about playing tight end or H-back. I think I can fit in at either position. At the H-back I will outrun most linebackers and if they put a corner on me then I will out muscle him."

JH: Your dad (Freddie Nixon) was an excellent player at OU, what do you know about his playing days?

"I know he was an excellent player as a receiver and I will try to be better. He was a great punt returner and I don't do that, but I do return kicks. I can finally beat him one-on-one."

"I am going to run track. I run the 400 and 200 meters."

I also had a chance to speak with his father, Freddie Nixon, about his son and he had this to say. Freddie coaches the receivers at Carol City, so he worked with his son on a daily basis.

"Laenar is a very good athlete who can really step for a man his size. He is a very strong kid that will really get stronger once he gets to college. However, because of his size and strength on this level we were always able to get some great matchups in the secondary. Like I said he has some steps and can run well for a man his size and that will get better as he gets into college shape. He doesn't have the makeup like me so he doesn't return punts, but he is very good on kick and punt coverage units."

"I didn't push my son to OU, but he couldn't help but realize I would love for him to play there and I am thrilled that he is going there. I loved my time at OU and would do it all over again if I had the opportunity. I certainly made the right choice and I feel it will be the right choice for him. When he took his visit I told him to get all the preconceived notions out of his head that Oklahoma is on the sticks and is backwards. I told him to look at the area with an open mind and he came back in love with it just like I did. To be honest, I am thrilled that he is going to be a Sooner and just can't wait to watch of their spring practice."

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