Viera Hawk Football Star Tre Nixon Selects Ole Miss Over Georgia, Penn State and Auburn
By Alan Zlotorzynsk // January 26, 2016
shocked the recruiting world
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Perhaps the best kept secret in all of Brevard County for the 2015 high school football season was where would Viera Hawk star wide receiver Tre Nixon would play his college football. That answer came Monday afternoon – and it shocked the recruiting world.
Nixon, the 2015 Florida Class 7A Player of the Year, chose to play for head coach Hugh Freeze at the University of Mississippi. Atfer taking his first official visit there this past weekend, Nixon made his decision final Monday afternoon.
“It’s such a neat place and the people are so kind,” Jean Miranda-Nixon said in a message to Space Coast Daily, as they boarded a plane to head back to Viera Monday evening.
“We obviously loved it, it was our second trip up but we only had a couple of hours the first time. Tre was so comfortable and excited that he just wanted to get the word out.”
From ESPN to 247Sports, the experts heavily involved in the recruiting process had Nixon pegged for one of three schools, none of them being Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wideout, who has been clocked with 4.43 speed, had as many as 50 offers last spring.
The schools that appeared to be the front runners were Georgia, Penn State and Auburn, and Nixon was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend.
“As soon as I walked on campus it felt like home, I can’t express how comfortable I felt around all the coaches and players and that’s what did it for me, family,” Nixon told local reporters in Oxford, Mississippi.
Nixon received an offer from Ole Miss in December as the Hawks were in the midst of running through opponents on their way to the state championship game where they were eventually defeated by St. Thomas Aquinas.
Nixon finished near the top of every receiving category, not just in Brevard County but in the state. During his senior season Nixon hauled in 74 passes (third) for 1,224 yards (second) and 18 touchdowns (first).
Averaging nearly 17 yards per catch in 2015, Nixon was the Friday Night Locker Room player of the game twice this past season.
According to 247Sports, one of the top recruiting associations for high school sports, Nixon was ranked as the No. 29 player in Florida, No. 36 player at his position and ranked as the 182nd best player in his class according to the 247Sports composite.
He is the 21st commitment for the Rebels in 2016 and the second-wide receiver in his class, joining wideout D.K. Metcalf.
Early Monday morning, Coach Freeze Tweeted out a picture of himself on a boat in Florida holding a “Big Fish,” which we all now know was a metaphor for the Nixon signing.
According to many of the highly touted recruiting sites, Freeze’s Ole Miss Rebels currently own the fifth best recruiting class for the upcoming season.
National signing day is February 3 for all uncommitted high school seniors and Space Coast Daily will be on top of all of the local players announcements.
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