Update on James Nixon

James Nixon, from Hyde Leadership School in Hamden, (Conn.) is one of the fastest players in the country. Scout.com's three-star defensive back is a star on both sides of the ball, and he has several schools in the running for his signature.

"I am going to wait until after the season before I take any official visits," said James Nixon. "The schools I am considering taking official visits to are UVa, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, UConn, Rutgers, and Nebraska."

"Everyone is pretty much equal right now. I will probably narrow it down a little bit more when the season is over. All of those schools have offered me except for Michigan State, but they said they were close to offering me," Nixon added.

Out of the eight schools vying for a chance to land the top athlete, four schools are pushing a little more than others as he shared, "The schools recruiting me the hardest are UVa, Maryland, UConn and Rutgers."

Rutgers has been one of Nixon's favorites from the beginning, and the season of the Scarlet Knights is helping in terms of recruiting.

"They have shocked me a lot this year," he said. "I never really expected Rutgers to be this good. I tried to go to the Rutgers-UConn game, but I couldn't make the trip. Their season is quite interesting to me. I am really considering them."

The Scarlet Knights receiving coach, John McNulty, is in charge of Nixon's recruitment. He has played a big part in Nixon's high interest in Rutgers.

"I like Coach McNulty a lot," Nixon said. "He is a real cool guy. He is very straight with me, and he is very funny. He is always cracking jokes. He is a very easy guy to talk to."

Several schools are recruiting Nixon as a defensive back, but Rutgers would love to have his explosive speed on the offensive side of the ball.

"They want me on offense," Nixon said about Rutgers. "I feel I could fit in their system very well. I really like the offensive sets they run. We basically use the same offense here at my high school."

When asked a time-frame for his decision Nixon replied, "I am not really sure when I will make my decision. I don't know if I will take all my official visits or not. I might make a decision a few weeks before the state championship."

"I am basically trying to find a place where I can live for the next four years of my life. I want to fit in and feel very comfortable with all my surroundings," Nixon added.


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