Nixon Ready for Summer

Top 2014 running back Shaun Nixon talks about 7-on-7, his summer plans and what he's looking for in a school.

"We're just trying to get our hands better, and for the defense, get used to their footwork," Nixon said. "And we want to come out and have fun."

Nixon is one player who doesn't have to work much on his hands. His strength as a running back is considered his versatility, the way he can catch the ball out of the backfield, block and run.

"I'm all around," Nixon said. "I can catch it, and I can run it. I'm feeling pretty good out here. I feel like I have the best hands of the running backs out here."

Lake Travis's appearance at the Round Rock 7-on-7 SQT came the morning after the Cavaliers' spring game, which Nixon called "rough." The Cavaliers were minus some offensive linemen, out with injuries, and even quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is a first-baseman on the stellar Lake Travis baseball squad. But Nixon said the team was already focused on winning the Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament.

"We have practice every day at 6:45 in the morning," Nixon said. "It's just non-stop football, so we'll be prepared."

Non-stop football isn't anything new at Lake Travis, where the Cavaliers have won five straight state titles. As part of last year's success as a sophomore, Nixon put up more than 1,600 combined rushing and receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns. And he did so in an efficient manner, averaging 8.7 yards per carry and 14.6 yards per catch.

That drew the recruiters out of the woodwork, and Nixon already has offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Clemson and SMU before starting the summer before his junior year. While his plans aren't finalized, he plans to attend camps at several of those schools, as well as the Texas camp. Nixon, who grew up rooting for the Longhorns, was already out at Texas for the spring game.

"I had a lot of fun," Nixon said. "I got to see Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown go to work."

Nixon said that Bergeron and Brown were "a bit different from me."

"Those are the big guys," the 5-10, 185-pound Nixon said, laughing. "I'm more of a scat back, the kind of guy you get into the open field."

Though he has awhile to make a decision, Nixon said he's already considered which factors he'll be watching when making his college pick.

"I was always told to see how your players are," Nixon said. "The coaches come and go in college football. Texas A&M just got a new coaching staff. So you want to get to know the players. And you want to talk to your training coach. You're with your training coach more than you are with your actual position coach. So I'll really be looking at the players, and the training staff."


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