Nixon is high on the Huskies

Connecticut fans should give Coach Randy Edsall credit for being more then a good football coach. Now, how about giving him some credit for being a very skilled recruiter as well. For years he has sold kids on dreams and blueprints, now the dreams are beginning to come to fruition and Edsall is building a solid program.

The days of opposing schools ravaging the best prospects from the state of Connecticut could soon be over. As all the new facilities are being erected, Edsall and his staff have built an outstanding program, and in-state prospects are taking notice.

James Nixon, a standout cornerback and track star from Hyde Leadership School in Hamden is a fine example. Nixon is currently ranked as the No. 30 cornerback in the nation according to He has taken notice of what is going on in Storrs.

"I believe the kids here should stay," Nixon said. "They'll probably have a better chance if they stay at home, instead of traveling to a different state where no one knows them. A state school always has better knowledge of you then others do."

Nixon, who may be one of the fastest, if not the fastest player in Connecticut, has informed that the huskies are high on his list.

"I like them, and so far they're the only school that has mentioned the fact that I could do both football and track," he said. "I would like to do both so that gives them a definite boost."

Nixon is in no hurry to decide anything yet; he has been to two games at Connecticut and one at Maryland this season. He has yet to schedule any official visits.

"My schedule is crazy," he said. "I'll probably wait until after the season to take any visits."

The 6-0, 175 pound, three-star prospect has helped lead Hyde to a (4-0) record on the season. He has run for 600 yards and scored five touchdowns. On defense he has recorded six tackles and two interceptions. He currently holds offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Rutgers.

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