Ole Miss kicked off the final push to National Signing Day with a four-star commitment Monday.
Viera, Fla., wide receiver Tre Nixon announced for the Rebels over Auburn and Georgia. Nixon, who is rated the No. 86 overall prospect and the No. 13 wide receiver by Scout.com, took an official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend.
“It just felt at home for me,” Nixon said. “As soon as I stepped on campus I knew it was the place for me. I just wanted to come back and see if it felt like it did the last time I was here. Ole Miss is where I've been leaning for a long time. The trip here was just to reassure my feelings that I've always had.”
The coaches and players made a big impact as well.
“I love (Ole Miss wide receivers) coach (Grant) Heard, (head) coach (Hugh) Freeze, and what they do offensively with spreading the ball around,” Nixon said. “It's always felt like home around those guys. There was never really a question of where I wanted to be. The whole staff at Ole Miss are just people I want to be around. They have great faith and have the same core values as me and my family. It's really the perfect match for me and my family. I'm just ecstatic to have the process over with now. I'm not going on anymore visits. I told coach Freeze I'm shutting down my recruitment.”
Nixon is the 21st commitment for the Rebels’ 2016 recruiting class, which is currently tied for sixth overall in the country. National Signing Day is set for next Wednesday.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Nixon saw his stock climb after catching 74 passes for 1,224 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Viera to a 7A state championship win. He moved up from the No. 150 prospect into the Scout 100, boasting additional offers from, among others, Alabama, Florida Tennessee and Texas A&M.
“As far as an offensive player, he one of the best, or pure offensive players as far as skill level. He is a whole-package type kid,” Viera coach Kevin Mays said. “He's the best I've been around. He's a great young man, good in the classroom. He has a 3.5, 3.6 gpa. As far as what you ask for, he's got it all. He's the type kid that you wish every kid would be like. Obviously his talent sticks out, but he's a hard worker. All year he helped my younger receivers get better. He's not a selfish kid by any means. He's a great young man.”
Nixon feels like the Ole Miss offense is a good fit for him.
"First and foremost I wanted to see how they were going to use me. That's the biggest thing I wanted to see at each school I considered. We run the same offense they do. Ole Miss wants to use me as a vertical threat. They told me that they’ll play me wherever they can get me on the field the quickest. It could be slot, it could be at wideout. There really is no set position. They just want to get me out on the field and make plays. Their offense is designed to get the ball in their receivers’ hands. They have the best quarterbacks in the country on their roster. All of the pieces are in place for us to compete for national championships the next four to five years.”
Nixon was among five official visitors to campus, joining four-star offensive lineman Royce Newman and four-star wide receiver Quartney Davis, as well as commits Justin Connor and Chandler Tuitt. Connor is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, and Tuitt a three-star.
Ole Miss will welcome its most star-studded group of official visitors to campus this weekend. Some 25 blue-chip prospects are expected in Oxford, including two five-star linemen (DE Jeffery Simmons and OL Greg Little) and 20 four-star recruits, from wide receiver A.J. Brown to safety Deontae Anderson and cornerback Shyheim Carter.