"Speed kills" and James Nixon has the speed that is hard not to notice. Nixon has been timed at 4.26 seconds in the forty yard dash.. Thereby making him one of the fastest high school players in the nation. At 6'1'-190lbs with 4.26 speed, Nixon has the ability to play a number of positions ranging from HB, WR, or DB. His size and speed has attracted the attention of a number of schools across the country. He has narrowed down his list to Rutgers, Virginia, Connecticut, and Maryland.
Over the past few weeks, he has visited Virginia (12/9) and Rutgers (12/16). In January, Nixon has visits scheduled with Maryland (1/14) and Connecticut (1/20) before making his decision on where to spend his next four or five years.
On December 9th, Nixon made his first official visit to the University of Virginia. During the visit, all of the recruits had the opportunity to spend some extended time talking to the coaches. This time spent with the coaches made him feel very comfortable. The ACC conference also interests Nixon. He stated that the conference is up and coming with better players entering the conference every year. However, the coaching changes at the ACC school did bother him. His recruiting coach, Mark Donofrio, was one of the coaches that left the program. As a result, a different coach had to take him around the school which cause some time of adjustment. He did state that the coaching changes will not effect his feeling about the program.
Due to his interactions with coaches and other prospects along with his feel of the campus during his visit, Nixon ranked the visit a 10.
On December 16th, he traveled to New Jersey to visit the state university of New Jersey. For Nixon, the visit was very similar to his visit to Virginia. He enjoyed his interactions with the Rutgers coaches, players, and the other prospects. During the visit, he was hosted by Jason McCourty and hung out with Tim Brown and Ken Britt. Britt and Nixon also visited Virginia together and has created a bond.
Nixon really liked his visit and ranked it a High 9. The only difference between his visit to Rutgers vs Virginia was the fact he did not get a full feel for the campus because the students were studying for their finals. Therefore, he did not obtain a great feel for the campus life at the school.
Another difference between the two schools is the fact the they are recruiting him for two different positions. Virginia is recruiting Nixon as a DB, while Rutgers is recruiting him as a RB. Although Nixon would rather play offense, he stated that it really does not matter because he will play where ever the coaches want him to play.
But who leads for his services? Nixon states that it is difficult to proclaim a leader because he has not taken an official visit to all of his favorites. However, he states that Virginia has a very slight lead over Rutgers. Nixon stated that Rutgers was the first school to offer him, so they hold a special place on his list which makes it hard to have a leader among the two schools.
Nixon has a few criteria for making a decision. How much a school really wants him and shows him the "love". Right now, Rutgers is the school that is showing him the most "love" and is recruiting him the hardest. Another factor is how comfortable he feels at the school. Of the schools that he visited, he feels comfortable at both schools.
Note: Nixon's brother is a wide receiver for Connecticut and provides him with advice. However, he is not pushing him toward the Huskies but for him to make his own decision for his own reasons.
Finally, Nixon high school teammate's, Bruce Campbell, is among the NorthEast's most recruited players. Although they have talked about going to school together, both players will make independent decisions. Since both players have two visits in common (Maryland and Virgina), it is still possible for both players to attend the same school. Currently, Campbell has Maryland and Virginia has his two leaders.