At just the age of 16, Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt sophomore offensive tackle Xavier Nixon is shaping up to be one of the top linemen in the country in 2009. The massive 6-foot-6, 275-pounder is already getting his share of collegiate interest according to head coach Richard Bailey.
"He's a top five linemen in the country," he said. "He's exactly what colleges are looking for and is the type of player that can get paid for playing football.
"He has long arms and still plenty of room to grow. On the line, he's a big guy that moves well for an offensive linemen and is good in pass protection. He's getting stronger in the weight room, but is still a young kid. He was near 6-foot-5 when he was 14. I think he'll probably end up being 6-foot-7."
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Off the field, Nixon is a stud too.
"He's a good kid and an honor roll student," he said. "Academically he's in gifted classes and his parents are military people, so he's been brought up well."
In recruiting, plenty of colleges are already trying to get a shot with the standout tackle.
"I know Notre Dame already is trying to get him up to camp along with North Carolina and North Carolina State," he said. "From what I know, he's a closet NC State fan."