Huge Lineman Down To Two

Brandon Nixon, the huge offensive tackle from Pottstown, PA, took an official visit to Penn State this past weekend. How did the visit go? Did the Nittany Lions unseed Nixon's prior favorite, Maryland?

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 went pretty good," Brandon said Wednesday night of his official visit to Penn State this past weekend.  He rated the visit a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.  Nittany Lion defensive lineman Jason Robinson was his host.  Adam Taliaferro, Tony Johnson, LaMar Stewart and John Bronson were some of the other Penn State players Brandon mentioned meeting.

He also had the opportunity to spend some time with Penn State recruits Rodney Kinlaw and Jonathan Jackson who were also there on official visits.

Nixon apparently enjoyed the visit and got along well with the current players.  Penn State appears to have pulled even with Nixon's prior favorite, Maryland.

"[Maryland] did lead, but now it's hard, now that I went up there (PSU).  See, I really didn't get a chance to see it all, that's why Maryland was in the lead.  But, now that I saw it all, I felt pretty comfortable with them."

What did he get to see that he didn't see before on his unofficial visit to Penn State?

"The players and everything, to talk with them, hang out with them to see what they're all about.  I didn't meet all of the coaches before.  I got to sit down and talk to all of the coaches to see what their philosophies are.  I also got to see what the social life is like on campus."

Nixon, like most prospects, is hoping for early playing time.

"[Penn State] said if I come out of high school strong and ready to play, I'll have a shot as a freshman to get a lot of playing time."

The Nittany Lion coaching staff has made Brandon aware of the fact that they are losing a lot of offensive linemen, 4 out of 5 starters to be exact, including the two starting tackles.

"Yeah, that's what Maryland told me too.  That's why I have it down to those two.  They (Maryland) are losing like 2 or 3 and they're going to move the one tackle they have now to guard if I come in."

Both head coaches will be making visits to Nixon's school and home in the next week.

"Coach Paterno is coming by tomorrow (Thursday).  Coach Friedgen is coming to town on Monday."

Which was is he leaning?

"Nowhere now."

Nixon is of course getting advice from acquaintances who are fans of the home-state Nittany Lions.

"There are some that try and do that, like my teachers and stuff, my vice-principal is a Penn State alumn.  He tells me to go wherever I feel comfortable.  My coaches tell me the same thing."

Brandon plans to major in Criminal Justice.  He liked his visit with the academic personnel at Penn State.

"It went pretty good.  That little branch I want to go into in Criminal Justice (Forensic Science), they're not too big in it, but they said they have a class in it.  They have a little bit.  At Maryland, they have a pretty decent program in that.  That's like the only difference.

"I'm going to make [a decision] next week.  I should be ready by then."

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