PA's Biggest Lineman?

Pennsylvania's Brandon Nixon remains unrated in the Insiders.com database, though his offers would suggest otherwise. He talks about his favorites and which official visits he has set up. Does Penn State figure into the mix?

Name: Brandon Nixon
Position: OL
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 320 pounds
Bench Press: 365 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.15
School: Pottstown HS, Pottstown, Pa.


When watching a Pottstown HS game, one player certainly sticks out above the rest of the team. #58 Brandon Nixon checks in at a mamoth 6'7'', and weighs in at around 320 pounds. His 44 pancake blocks from his offensive tackle position and his 25 tackles plus 2 sacks from his defensive tackle position, have been a key ingredient in Pottstown's domination of their opponents this season. In fact the undefeated (6-0) Trojans have yet to surrender a point. Brandon's play this season has firmly entrenched him in many observers minds, as one of the state's finest offensive lineman and a definite division one player.

In a recent interview, Brandon stated that Georgia Tech had taken the lead for his services, but that has since changed. "They [Georgia Tech] were [my leader], but now I'm more open because I'm getting more interest in a lot of other places too. I don't have a leader." Some of those "places" include written offers from Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Temple, and some Division 1-AA schools.

Brandon's childhood favorite, North Carolina, has not offered, opening the door for four universities to really catch his eye. Maryland, North Carolina State, Penn State, and Georgia Tech currently comprise his top four choices. "I've narrowed it down to those four. Every week something else comes in, so it could possibly change."

Brandon has been to both Maryland and Penn State for unofficial visits. This summer he attended the Terp's camp and then visited again earlier this fall, witnessing Maryland's waxing by the Florida State Seminoles. Of the visit, he said, "It was pretty good, but it started raining. That's what messed it up."

Despite the outcome of the game, Brandon liked enough of what he saw in College Park to schedule an official visit with the Terps on December 13th. He also has scheduled an official visit to North Carolina State on December 6th.

He has not finalized plans to visit either Penn State or Georgia Tech officially, but both schools sound secure in each getting a visit. "Truthfully yes. I have to talk to my father yet. We schedule the dates when we feel comfortable with the coaches. My dad and I sit down and talk about it."

Though Penn State does not have an official visit scheduled with Brandon yet, this weekend he will be making an unofficial visit to Happy Valley for their homecoming game with Northwestern. This will be his second unofficial visit to State, having already attended their football camp this summer.

Who has Brandon talked to on the Nittany Lion staff? "Bill Kenney mostly (the offensive line coach and man in charge of recruiting Brandon). I met Jay Paterno when I went up there for camp. I was suppose to meet Joe Paterno but his brother [George Paterno] died that week and they had to go to the funeral, so I couldn't meet him too."

Coincidentally, though the Nittany Lions are in Brandon's top four now, he did not like them while growing up. "They have always been in the back of my mind. I've never really liked Penn State but being that they offered me, I had to give them some more interest. But now I know more about the school, I'm starting to like them more."

Brandon plans to major in Business Management in college. Any of the schools on his list could easily fit within the criteria he listed for question of what characteristics is he looking for in a school. "I'm looking for the majors I want and if they really suceed in that area, like if they really have a good reputation for that field. I'm looking for a good social place, a nice relationship with the coaches and the players, and where I fit, where I feel comfortable."

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