Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, VA) wide receiver/safety Mario Nixon has weighed his options, and he has decided to focus on football over basketball. The 6-5, 200-pound junior so far has one major FBS offer for football, but he is confident more schools will come through once he hits the summer camp circuit.
“The only offer right now is UVa. All other schools want to see me in person, to come to a one-day camp. All of them are on the edge. They want to see what the hype is about. They want to see if I can do what they’ve heard I can do,” said Nixon, who hauled in 31 receptions for 600 yards this past season. Defensively, he recorded 38 tackles with six pass break-ups and four interceptions at safety.
Maryland, Notre Dame, and Oregon are three of the more recent schools to express interest, while Virginia Tech and N.C. State are among the programs that have been interested for some time. Nixon listed Maryland, N.C. State and Virginia Tech as definitive camp destinations, and he may go to UVa as well.
Nixon, who has only played football for a season and a half, is pleased with the Virginia offer.
“That means a lot, coming from a big-time school like that,” Nixon said. “Even if I don’t make it that far in football, I could say I graduated from a big-time academic school like UVa. Virginia being the first one, it’s a big deal.”
Nixon attended a basketball game at UVa and wanted to visit for the Spring Game last Saturday, but he was unable to make the trek due to track obligations. He has high interest in the Cavaliers but is not ready to make a college decision. Instead, he wants to go through the spring and summer, make visits, attend camps, and see what other options come as a result.
“Right now, I’m pretty open to anything,” Nixon said. “When I get to a few camps, I think my recruiting will open up.”
N.C. State is a potential visit destination this month, but right now Virginia Tech is the only definitive visit on the schedule. Nixon plans to be in Blacksburg for the Tech Spring Game on April 23.
Norfolk Christian has captured state titles in football and basketball this school year. Nixon looks to help the track team continue the successful run this spring. He runs the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4X100 relay.
Track is part of Nixon’s plan to ultimately improve on the gridiron. What else is on the workout agenda?
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