Nixon On Board, VT Up To 10 Commits

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Virginia Tech football has reached double-digit commits in its 2012 recruiting class. Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, VA) wide receiver/free safety Mario Nixon gave the Tech coaches the good news this afternoon, three weeks and a day after making an unofficial visit for the Spring Game.

“I called Coach Stinespring and told him. I was a little nervous. I called at 3 today,” Nixon said. “I pretty much told him two weeks ago I was real serious about it. I said I’d pray on it and talk to my folks. I talked to my folks. They asked if I was really sure this is what I wanted to do. I told them yes, I am sure I want to go to Virginia Tech. I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

“Coach Stinespring was really happy. He said he can’t wait for me to come up here and join the Virginia Tech family. He said he was so happy he was going to go for a run (laughs).”

That Spring Game visit proved to be a big factor for Nixon, who also had offers from Air Force, Navy, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“When I went to the Spring Game, I was basically sold off that,” said Nixon, who secured an offer from the Hokies two days after the April 23 Spring Game. “I got to visit the academic side. I got to take a tour of the weight room, meet the weight room specialist guy and everything. I liked the whole set up and the scheme. I never saw 50,000 people at a Spring Game. It felt like a real, real game. And I felt wanted by the school.”

The final decision came down to the in-state schools.

“It was really, really close between [Virginia] and Virginia Tech [prior to the Spring Game],” Nixon said. “I just feel that Virginia Tech is more advanced than Virginia, football-wise. Virginia is still trying to come up. I think Virginia Tech is already there. And I think I fit in well in the Virginia Tech system.”

A starter at wide receiver and free safety for the 2010 VIS Division III state champion Ambassadors, the 6-5, 210-pound Nixon hauled in 30 catches for 600 yards and tallied 38 tackles, six pass break-ups and four interceptions. When he says he fits well in Virginia Tech’s system, he means wide receiver.

“They are recruiting me as a wide receiver, something that also sold me,” he said. “A lot of the other schools are recruiting me as an athlete. Virginia Tech is giving