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ACC, Big East recruiting CT speedster

With interest from Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Syracuse and Rutgers, defensive back and running back Jamie Nixon is certainly going to be a recruit on the rise.
The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder out of New Haven (Conn.) Hyde Leadership with an incredible 4.4-second 40-yard-dash helped the school to a 12-0 record as they won the state championship.
The All-American track star struggled with an injury his junior year, only allowing him to play in four games. He still went on to record 650 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on offense. On defense, he recorded four interceptions.
"He played very solid for us," Hyde Leadership head coach John Acquavita said. "Even though he only played in four games, he was very close to being the team MVP by the end of the season.
"This season he really showed that he was a lot tougher than we thought he was," he said. "He's going to be someone who could go off the charts at a combine or something."
As for what he'll play in college, he could see action in either position.
"I'm just not sure yet, he's a pretty darn good running back," he said. "I think defensive back is where he could be recruited the highest though."
This summer Nixon plans to attend the Blue Chip Combine at Rutgers in May.
College coaches and top prospects interested in more info on the Blue Chip Combine can e-mail mike@rivals.com
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