On Monday, 3-star (HV Rating: 85.8) wide receiver Will Nixon committed to Nebraska. The Texan became the eighth known member of the Huskers’ 2020 recruiting class after choosing Nebraska over Baylor, Notre Dame and Purdue. The versatile playmaker will be a big addition to the class.
— William Nixon (@william_nixonTD) July 8, 2019
Here are five quick thoughts on the commitment.
Dipping into Texas
Since Coach Scott Frost and his staff have taken over the program, the state of Texas has become more of a priority. Maurice Washington, Cam’Ron Jones and Brant Banks have all signed out of the Lone Star State prior to Monday’s commitment by Nixon. Texas is still a state that Nebraska should be recruiting each year since they are still a known brand down there even after leaving the Big 12.
Nixon’s father has been the offensive coordinator at Baylor since 2017. Because of that, you can assume that Nixon will have a good grasp on offensive concepts. When Hail Varsity spoke with Nixon after his visit in June, he said that he and his dad often just talk about different offensive concepts around the dinner table.
One of the unique things about Nixon is that he not only stars as a wide receiver and running back but he could even play defensive back in college. In fact, Notre Dame was primarily recruiting him as a cornerback. That also tells you that he isn’t afraid of contact which will be helpful even staying on the offensive side of the football.
Polished Wide Receiver
Watching Nixon’s film, he looks like a polished wide receiver. A lot of times with slot players in high school, they aren’t great route runners or their hands aren’t the best which need to be worked on at the college level. Nixon is the exception to that rule. He runs good routes and uses his hands to catch the football, not his body. That will serve him well as he transitions to college.
Fit as Duck-R
Over the last couple of years, a lot has been made about the “Duck-R” position or personnel grouping for Nebraska. The Huskers didn’t get to run it much last season but that will likely change in 2019 and beyond. Nixon fits that role well, giving Nebraska another weapon who can both carry the football and catch the ball from a variety of spots on the field.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.