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Nix gets new offer, Pitt still leads

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Linebacker Nate Nix out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson has added another offer to his portfolio, this one from the Big East.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder picked up the offer from nearby West Virginia.
"I'm not too sure about the offer from West Virginia," he said. "I'm not really too big into them, I like Pittsburgh a lot more than them. I guess just because I grew up a fan of Pittsburgh."
Nix holds offers now from West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Iowa. Is Pittsburgh still his favorite?
"Pittsburgh is still No. 1 and I like their coaches, they are really nice and I fit right in with them," he said. "The facilities there are great and it's within a good location from home. I really like coach Wannstedt and I think he's going to turn it around and make Pittsburgh a championship football team."
The Panthers even stuck out to the local linebacker during the evaluation period.
"I wasn't very impressed by too many things, but coach Dave Wannstedt really stood out. I guess because he grew up in the area and he knows my parents. He's just a really nice guy who understands me and knows what I'm looking for."
The only other school currently recruiting Nix hard is Purdue. Although he hasn't seen much interest from them, the linebacker did stop through Michigan and Penn State on unofficial visits.
"Michigan wasn't what I was expecting, it looked older and traditional and I thought there would be much newer buildings there," he said. "Penn State on the other hand was really nice and I liked it up there. They haven't been recruiting me much, but I would definitely look into it if they came into the picture."
This summer Nix is planning to take in two camps in the month of July -- the Pittsburgh passing camp and the Southern Select camp in Alabama.
After helping the Jaguars win the WPIAL AAA and PIAA AAA state championships, Nix is working even harder to help his team next year.
"I'm working on getting my weight up and dropping my forty time, so I can flow to the ball more," he said. "I'm just focusing on making a lot of tackles and winning another state championship. I'm looking for over 150 tackles and maybe score a couple touchdowns as a fullback next season."
Nix recorded 975 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns; he added 125 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was named first team all-Big Seven, AP and Pennsylvania Football News AAA all-state as a junior.
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