Is Top OL Nixon Close to Narrowing List?

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Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) boasts two Division 1A recruits in the 2009 class, including top offensive tackle recruit Xavier Nixon and standout athlete Everett Proctor. Virginia Tech is one of 40 Division 1A programs that have offered Nixon, and the staff is showing some interest Proctor as well.

According to head coach Richard Bailey, the 6-6, 280-pound Nixon could be on the verge of narrowing down his impressive list of scholarship offers.

“His dad just came home from Afghanistan for 18 days,” Bailey said. “I expect Xavier to do something in the next two weeks as far as narrowing his list of schools. Honestly, he doesn’t love the recruiting process. I think he gets tired of the phone calls and all that. Plus, he is taking three tough academic classes as well as playing AAU basketball and recruiting.”

Nixon has taken many unofficial visits including trips this year to Auburn, Florida, LSU and Ohio State, among others. He visited Virginia Tech last summer for camp and enjoyed the experience, but will it be enough for Tech to make the initial cut?

“Virginia Tech’s coaches came through last weekend and visited,” Bailey said. “Virginia Tech is still a place he is considering, but whether or not they would make a top 10 or a top five, I don’t know. He is close to the vest about that stuff. He will sit down, go over the pros and cons of every school and try to narrow his list.

“Even though he will probably narrow his list soon, I don’t think he is anywhere near making a decision. I think he could get it down to under 10. There are just so many good schools involved.”

Coach Bailey may not know if there are any clear favorites, but there are some schools that have seemed to impress the talented offensive tackle.

“He is really only considering the eastern part of the United States,” Bailey said. “He is not seriously considering offers out West.

“I do think he really enjoyed LSU and Florida. He went on a trip to Ohio State and enjoyed that. I do think he was very impressed with Florida.”

For Proctor, a 6-2, 190-pound junior who is Bailey’s starting quarterback, recruiting has been going well.

“Right now, he has offers from Maryland, N.C. State, ECU, as well