Just a few days after landing arguably the top 2014 defensive back in the state of Texas with the verbal pledge of Lancaster's Nick Harvey, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin received the commitment of the top 2014 running back in the state Varshaun Nixon from Lake Travis (TX).
"I called Coach McKinney (RB coach) and told him I was ready to commit," Nixon said. "He thought I was joking and told him this was for real. He was pretty excited and then gave me Coach Sumlin's number to give him the news."
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back was having a banner year with 19 TD's when he hurt his knee midway through the season and missed several weeks. He did return in time to play Pflugerville in the playoffs, but the defending state champions didn't have the firepower to advance. Nixon indicated he wasn't quite 100% at the time.
"I was about 90% healthy for the game, but now I'm 100% and working out without any problems," Nixon said. "My knee isn't an issue at all anymore."
The blue chip running back plans to work hard in the offseason with his trainer. The goal is to add 5-10 pounds of muscle (up to 195-200 lbs.) while improving his explosiveness and top-end speed.
Nixon is an aggressive runner with 4.5 forty speed, and he's considered a versatile well-rounded running back who is very effective catching the ball out of the backfield. He reminds observers of a young O.J. Simpson, but he sees his style closer to a couple of other NFL Hall of Famers.
"Some people say I remind them of O.J. Simpson," Nixon said. "I think my style is a cross between the moves of Barry Sanders and the aggressiveness of Walter Payton. My hands are very good and I'm a good pass catcher out of the backfield."
The Austin native picked the Aggies over offers from numerous schools including Baylor, Clemson, Texas Tech, and TCU among others. Even though it's over 14 months from 2014 signing day, Nixon felt Texas A&M had too much to resist.
"I fit perfectly into their spread offense. I have good vision and I can hit the holes," Nixon said. "They have a great offensive line. Plus, A&M is popular now. They are winning and they have a great quarterback. I also like that they play in the SEC. You want to compete against the best."
Nixon indicated that he has no plans to take visits or extend the recruiting process.
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