Mr. Nixon Talks Visit

Pottstown offensive lineman Brandon Nixon visited Penn State unofficially on Saturday. What did he think of his first Nittany Lions home game? Will he visit officially? What did he and JoePa talk about?

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.

It seems that Brandon Nixon had a pretty good weekend.  On Friday night, his Pottstown HS Trojans beat Upper Perkiomen 26-0, continuing their unbeaten and unscored upon streaks.  Then on Saturday morning, he visited Penn State unofficially for the homecoming blowout versus Northwestern, accompanied by his father and brother.

"It was fun, it was real exciting," according to Brandon.  "We went to the recruiters lounge, ate breakfast, then I talked with Coach Kenney and the other coaches.  Then we went on the field for warmups.  Then we went in the stands, we were in the first row, so we could reach down and shake their hands and everything."

"After the game, we went back onto the field and into the lockeroom.  We met Coach Paterno and then met some of the players.  I Met Gus Felder, Anthony Adams, Jimmy Kennedy, and Larry Johnson.  It was crazy, it was real good.  There were tons of fans."

Like any good offensive lineman would, Brandon focused his attention on the Nittany Lion roadgraders, who helped Larry Johnson run for the single game, school rushing record of 257 yards.  " They looked great out there.  Seems like everybody did their blocking assignments.  They [the Penn State runningbacks] ran behind their blockers, everybody just played like a team."

When Brandon attended summer camp at Penn State in July, he did not have the opportunity to meet Joe Paterno due to George Paterno's death.  This time however, Brandon did not miss the chance to talk with college football's all-time winningest coach.

"It was exciting talking to him," stated the massive lineman.  "He said they need me and things.  He said he had a girlfriend back down my way a while ago.  We really just talked about normal things."

Having already set up official visits to both North Carolina State and Maryland, Brandon's experience at Penn State excited him enough about the program to move forward and set up a visit with the Nittany Lions.  At this point, the date for his visit is up in the air, but according to Brandon, "They're [Penn State] in my top three."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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