Tre Nixon is a wanted man at Georgia, and his recent visit to campus this past weekend only solidified that the feelings are mutual between the 4-star and the Bulldogs.
“I loved every part of it,” Nixon told the AJC on Monday night. “The biggest thing for me was to get up there and sit down and talk football with the coaches and get a good vibe with them. I really liked Georgia coming into the visit, but that kind of gave me the thumbs up and confirmed everything that I love about Georgia.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver out of Florida’s Viera High School is currently weighing offers from Penn State, UGA, Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Ole Miss, but says that he’s keeping closer tabs on PSU and UGA.
“Both of the schools I like a lot,” Nixon said. “I’m very comfortable with both schools. I’m really comfortable with the all the coaches and the atmosphere of both those schools. They’re very, I wouldn’t say similar schools, but they both meet all the checks in my boxes.”
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And by the sounds of it all, UGA checked off each of his mother’s boxes, too.
“She always gives me her feedback at the end of the trip and she gave me the thumbs up,” Nixon said. “She does like Georgia a lot. She gave me her blessing if Georgia ends up being the school. She’s all good to go about it.”
Nixon’s mother, Jean, always accompanies him on visits, and the senior says the two got a chance to soak everything in at a much slower pace this time around compared to the first unofficial visit they took to UGA last year.
“It was a good visit,” Nixon said. “Me and my mom enjoyed every bit of it. We spent some quality time with coaches, watched some film, saw everything. We actually did visit them last year for an unofficial visit. We kind of went through everything again and slowed it down.”
Immediately upon his arrival on Saturday, Nixon says he was greeted by UGA coach Mark Richt and the three had a chance to catch up. Richt offered up a glowing review of the prospective recruit.
“He was saying how much of a great player I am, not only on the field but off of it with my character,” Nixon said. “He was telling me how much he enjoyed having us come up here and how he appreciates us making the trip down. Basically, just catching up with one another.”
Nixon caught up with UGA receivers coach Bryan McClendon and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer shortly thereafter, and the four had a chance to explore how just how UGA would utilize his size and speed.
Nixon, the No. 43 receiver in the country, says Schottenheimer and McClendon view him as a deep-threat playmaker who can stretch the field. But he may also see time in the backfield running reverses, handoffs and screens.
Despite the successful visit, Nixon admits that he’s nowhere close to announcing a commitment date. He plans to take two to three more official visits in the coming months, but he’ll plan those after his Aug. 15 visit to Auburn.
Added Nixon: “I do want to see a couple more places. Georgia and Penn State, I’m high on. But I’m not going to leave out any other schools like Texas, Texas A&M, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Right now, it’s those seven schools. And of course, Georgia and Penn State, I’m looking at them a little bit harder, but I’m not leaving those schools out just yet. I definitely want to go up and visit those schools to make sure I’m making the right decision.”
Nixon tells the AJC that he would like to attend a UGA game this fall, but says that it would have to come during an official visit as his brother, Devin, currently plays for Western Kentucky, and his family will be in attendance for his games throughout the season.