KD Nixon's commitment to Tennessee isn't binding and the talent's recruitment is far from over, but for now the Volunteers have a playmaker heading their way.
The explosive athlete pulled the trigger on an orange-clad future the day of the Orange & White game on April 16.
“Tennessee is the best in the business right now,” Nixon told InsideTennessee. “Plus, not point in waiting if you know where you want to go.”
The Scout four-star prospect from DeSoto (Texas) High School couldn’t put his finger on just one thing that makes a career on Rocky Top stand out above the rest.
“Everything — the swag, the love. They just know what it takes to be great,” Nixon said.
Upon hearing the news of his pledge, Nixon said the Tennessee staff was “happy” and there were hugs aplenty, including from the parents of Tennessee quarterback signee Jarrett Guarantano.
It’s always a concern for coaching staffs when prospects are out of the region in terms of being able to hold on through National Signing Day if Power 5 programs come calling later in the process. Vols fans have already wondered what will happen with the Scout No. 2-rated athlete in the Lone Star State’s 2017 class.
“That doesn’t matter,” Nixon said. “I’m a DeSoto Eagle right now. Only place I’m 100-percent committed and focused on right now.”
Nixon added that his parents don’t mind if he signs with an out-of-state program and that his happiness is their primary concern.
The week the wideout committed, he spent one-on-one time with fourth-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones around campus and at the Anderson Training Center.
“Great coach!” Nixon said of Jones. “It’s amazing. He’s just like us kids.”
The 5-foot-7, 190-pounder with an official time of 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash says Big Orange Country can expect a determined Volunteer when he lines up on Shields-Watkins Field.
“I bring a drive that nobody else will have,” Nixon said. “I’m everything (all around) just like (Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver) Antonio Brown. I need to improve on jump balls and what I do well is make plays. No matter what it is, I make the play.”
In his sophomore and junior seasons combined, Nixon caught 74 passes for 1,030 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Texan said he doesn’t know when he’ll trip back to Rocky Top and has no plans to see other colleges. When he gets to Tennessee, he plans to wear No. 1.
In 2015, DeSoto High reached the second round of the UIL Class 6A Division I state playoffs before being eliminated by Allen 41-40. Nixon was on the receiving end of a 35-yard pitch-and-catch in his junior finale. In the first round, Nixon caught a 23-yard touchdown in a 35-31 victory over Coppell.