By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Wide receiver Tre Nixon did a little bit of everything for the Viera High Hawks.
The Melbourne, Florida native, who is here in Oxford this weekend on his official visit at Ole Miss, is a very versatile player that possess a lot of natural speed (4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and athleticism.
“As far as an offensive player, he one of the best, or pure offensive players as far as skill level. He is a whole-package type kid,” said Viera coach Kevin Mays the day before Nixon (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) arrived for his visit. “He’s the best I’ve been around. He’s a great young man, good in the classroom. He has a 3.5, 3.6 gpa. As far as what you ask for, he’s got it all.”
This past fall, Nixon, who is down to Ole Miss, Georgia and Auburn, caught 74 passes for 1,224 yards and 18 touchdowns. Mays ran a no-huddle, spread offense similar to what the Rebels have done under Hugh Freeze. Grant Heard, Ole Miss’ wide receivers coach, has been by the school a number of times, and Mays only had good things to say about the way he’s treated Nixon.
“Coach Heard is a great guy. He is a good, standup up guy and I enjoy it when he comes down,” Mays said. “Coach Freeze came by earlier this week and the db coach (Jason Jones) was with him as well. The Ole Miss coaches were on campus over the summer for about half of a day. Tre and his mother really enjoy Coach Freeze. I sat in on the visit when they were here and absolutely no complaints. He seems to be a great guy.”
Mays added that Nixon “is a hard guy to read” when asked about what school he may be leaning towards. He made an official trip to Georgia Jan. 15-22 and how he likes Oxford this weekend — he leaves out of town Monday – will go a long way to finalizing his choice, one way or another. Mays said he will be at Auburn the final weekend before National Signing Day.
“He’s the type kid that you wish every kid would be like,” Mays added. “Obviously his talent sticks out, but he’s a hard worker. All year he helped my younger receivers get better. He’s not a selfish kid by any means. He’s a great young man.”