Tre Nixon’s recruitment is a family affair. That’s never truer than when it’s time to make college visits.
The Nixon family made a few stops last week. Both 2016 Viera, Fla., three-star receiver Tre and his brother, 2015 receiver Devin, have offers from Holy Cross and Army, so the family stopped at those schools first.
Then, they traveled to University Park to check out Penn State. The Lions are full at the position in all likelihood in the Class of 2015, but Tre Nixon wanted to see PSU in person since he picked up an offer back in June after he attended State’s satellite camp at Stetson.
“It was an all-around good experience and good that I came to some of these colleges to see what they are about,” Tre Nixon said. “They are all huge on education, and I know my mom will be big on that.”
Nixon said most of his three hours at University Park centered on academics.
Of course, there was time set aside to chat with receivers’ coach Josh Gattis and head coach James Franklin while at Penn State. Tours of campus, Beaver Stadium and other football facilities were also included.
“I can tell they are huge on family,” Nixon said. “Every coach was there, and Coach Franklin’s kids were there greeting us.
“The stadium is huge, and it was a great experience.”
Nixon’s 4.38-second 40-yard dash at a Chicago NFTC event came up when he spoke to Gattis.
“He said they need some speed guys from Florida,” Nixon recalled. “He also said I could get early playing time there, too, and that I bring a different dimension because I can bring speed and be versatile.”
As for Franklin, was the third time Nixon talked to the head coach but first time he’s interacted with the new Lion leader since being offered.
“He was just saying the same thing Coach Gattis said,” Nixon said. “He was joking saying, ‘I know you’re going to come here.’ It was fun, and he was saying that he needs a different dimension and a deep threat.”
Nixon’s visit to Army was similarly enticing, but for a different reason.
“It was pretty special because once we entered the campus, everything was safe and a protected facility,” Nixon said. “It lived up to the hype of being the second Nike school. They currently have 216 Nike jersey combinations, and that’s awesome to hear.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder will visit Florida Aug. 10, and may make one more stop before the high school season gets going.