Wide receiver Tre Nixon (Viera, Fla.) has put up some monster numbers this season (8 games, 51 catches, 819 yards, and 13 touchdowns) and there are few teams in the SEC that haven’t either inserted themselves into the equation to sign him, or tried.
That said, Nixon has played it smart. He’s been keen to sit back and watch how well each one of his suitors runs their respective offense, and makes sure to take good notes, because all of that will certainly factor into his final decision.
While some feel Penn State still holds a slight edge, Nixon isn’t claiming any leaders. And, to this point, Georgia has made a strong enough push, over the last several months, to make his decision a lot more meaningful to watch when he finally decides—something he intends to do very soon.
“I definitely have five schools on an even playing field. It is Georgia, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss,” Nixon said. “I definitely want to decide in the next two weeks, because I do not want to extend it past October. So in these next two weeks I should get a good idea of which school I actually want to go to.” (Kipp Adams, Dawgs247)
At 6’1, 175, Nixon isn’t a physically imposing receiver, but he is the type of home run threat Georgia will need to have on the roster when Jacob Eason arrives.
Nixon runs a 4.39 forty and uses that elite level speed to beat defenders off the line. He’s not going to be able to break a lot of tackles, and he’s not the strongest route-runner, but if when finds a seam, he can get through it in a hurry.
In short, the vertical game is his specialty. He uses his feet to quickly get beyond his man and make a play up the field. That’s what he’s done throughout his high school career, thus far, and that’s why so many coaches are chomping at the bit to get him on their roster.
At the next level, he will need to add a bit of muscle, and learn how to become a better route runner, but his ability to track the deep ball, and get underneath it in a hurry, is the pull here. Speed is speed. That can’t be coached, the other stuff can.
With Malcolm Mitchell gone after this season, and Reggie Davis not far behind him, the Bulldogs will have a serious need for speed at the wide receiver spot in the coming seasons, to go along with the likes of Terry Godwin and Jayson Stanley.