Another Nix strongly looks at Pitt

A year ago, Panther fans were elated when the University of Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from ultra aggressive linebacker Nate Nix from Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh, PA. One year later, Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is pursing yet another Nix. Read on for details.

Thomas Jefferson High School (13-0) defeated Blackhawk High School (11-2) last weekend to win the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Pitt fans were kept a close eye on the game because the Jaguar's quarterback happens to be Pitt commitment Dom DeCicco. DeCicco carried 13 times for 106 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. There was another Jaguar that clearly made his mark that day. His name was Luke Nix (6-foot-6 inches, 285 pounds). Nix, a junior and the younger brother of Pitt linebacker Nate Nix, was dominating on both sides of the ball. Pitt was the first school to offer Luke a scholarship. He's generally considered one of the top linemen in the class of 2008.

The recently contacted Nix to talk about his future.

"Pitt is the only school that has officially offered me a scholarship to date," stated Nix. "Coach (Bill) Cherpak handles most of the letters that are sent to me. I believe that I have received letters from school like USC, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State."

Thomas Jefferson advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA playoffs, where it faces 13-0 Selinsgrove High School, the District 4 champion, on Saturday.

"I can tell you that Pitt is easily my top school. They are at the top of my list," stated Nix. "I really like the coaches and the players and I like the atmosphere there.

Luke was asked if he preferred to play with his brother or "blaze his own trail". He immediately stated, "I have put a lot of thought into that. The more I think of it, it would be great to have Nate and I play together for another four years."

"My final decision will ultimately come down to me. I'll take advice from Nate and my teammates but I need to make a college choice on my own."

Luke was quick to update the on his brother's progress. "Nate has really hit the gym and he has totally filled out. I'm going to guess and say he's between 220 to 225 pounds," he said. "That's much bigger considering he only weighed around 200 pounds last year. He didn't expect to play a lot this year but he's ready to hit the field next season."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "My coach has told me I have some of the longest arms he's seen. My wingspan helps me with my blocking. I'm big and fast for my size."

The will keep in close touch with Luke throughout the recruiting process.

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