Nebraska hosted five official visitors for this past weekend’s game against Northwestern. One of the five on campus was wide receiver commit Will Nixon. The 3-star (HV Rating: 88.0) versatile player from Texas joined the class back in July. So this was his first time back on campus as a commit.
“It was amazing. It felt great [being there as a commit],” Nixon told Hail Varsity. “I love the culture. I love the atmosphere. It’s a great place to be at. That’s why I chose it. There are great people and culture with a genuine coaching staff. I got to see Coach Frost, Walters and Held. We hung out at Coach Walters’ house and the campus. I was with Coach Frost and everybody. It was great.
“I hung out with Ryan Callaghan. He was the first guy to contact me at Nebraska. I had a great time with the commits. We all had a great time. I got to tour campus a little bit more than last time I was there. I got to see the business building which is great. I met Wan’Dale [Robinson]. We’ll be doing a lot of big things together. I’m just real excited.”
Nixon has a similar body type and skill set as Robinson, who just picked up his second Freshman Player of the Week honor from the Big Ten. Nixon said it was amazing seeing Robinson have success on Saturday.
“He had a great game,” Nixon said. “He impressed me. We have similar games so it’s great knowing Nebraska knows how to use that. It comforted me a little bit. He’s a great kid and great player.”
The Midway High standout is thinking about going into business. Either that or medical science because he counts himself as a big math guy.
He also said that he had a great time hanging out with the other two commits who were on official visits, Alex Conn and Zavier Betts. He and Coach Scott Frost even connected on a trait that they share.
“[My talk with Frost] was great,” Nixon said. “We talked about my role on the team, more about Nebraska in general and common ties. I’m a coach’s son as well so we bonded on that. It was a great talk. He’s a great guy that knows how to keep the conversation going. I love the coaching staff. They are great genuine people.”
Nixon said that the coaching staff at Nebraska is a big reason he picked the Huskers. He wanted a place that he felt at home. Nixon found that in Lincoln, saying that it felt like family and he can’t wait to jump right in and help. Before he can get to Lincoln this summer he has a high school season to finish off which he said is going well.
“I got moved to running back to help my team a little bit from that position,” Nixon said. “I’m gaining a lot more rushing yards this year. I play a little bit of slot when we need it. It’ll help me be more well-rounded in college. Running back is tough especially playing 6A in Texas.”
Reflecting back on the trip, there were some distinct highlights for the Texan from the weekend.
“Definitely going to the game,” he explained. “I loved the atmosphere. It was great, 90,000 people every game, that’s crazy. That just shows the dedication by the fan base. That was my favorite part of the trip. I met Coach Walters’ family they are great people.
“Oh, another highlight. [Luke] McCaffrey and Matt Masker, they were my hosts. I had a great time with Matt. We went bowling. The next night was with Luke. The McCaffrey’s, they took me out to dinner and it was awesome. They are a great family.”
Speaking of food, recruits eat a lot on their official visits. Nixon was no different. His favorite thing he had was something he will be able to have plenty of when he gets to Lincoln.
“OK, so all the players told me you can make you own pasta at the training table,” he saod. “I love to cook and I love pasta. So, I went and made some of my own pasta. I had that every time I went to the training table. It was awesome.”
What exactly did Nixon put in the pasta that he ate a lot? He went heavy on the protein.
“I put some oregano, bacon, ham, salt and pepper, a few onions and steak,” he said. “With the Alfredo sauce.”
Now that’s a good meal for a great visit enjoyed by the commit.
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.