Texas A&M Aggies: Shaun Nixon

TCU flips ESPN 300 RB Nixon

February, 4, 2014
With the 2014 recruiting cycle nearing a close and national signing day less than 24 hours away, TCU secured a big-time late commitment on Tuesday.

The Horned Frogs are set to gain the services of ESPN 300 running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), who confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has decommitted from Texas A&M and will sign with the Horned Frogs on Wednesday.

Nixon, the No. 221 player in the ESPN 300, is the highest-ranked recruit on TCU's 23-man commitment list and the Horned Frogs' lone ESPN 300 prospect. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound four-star running back is ranked No. 18 nationally at his position and is the No. 24 player overall in Texas. He is the lone running back in TCU's 2014 recruiting class.

Over the weekend, Nixon took an official visit to TCU and seemed to be wavering on his longtime commitment to Texas A&M. He originally committed to the Aggies on Nov. 29, 2012.

The Aggies, who have the second-ranked class in the nation, are down to 22 commitments in their class while still in the running for a few players. They are finalists for three prospects who are announcing their destinations Wednesday on ESPNU: ESPN 300 guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) and River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian teammates Mattrell McGraw (an ESPN 300 safety) and Kenny Young (a four-star linebacker).

Nixon was the lone running back in Texas A&M's class, leaving the Aggies with no running backs in the 2014 recruiting cycle. They do, however, already have commitments from a pair of 2015 ESPN Junior 300 running backs: Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) and Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora).

Aggies land another ESPN Jr. 300 RB 

August, 21, 2013
When Splendora (Texas) High School running back Jay Bradford displayed his elite speed for Texas A&M coaches at a June camp, the Aggies' staff knew he was something special.

And after already landing one ESPN Junior 300 running back, the Aggies added another when Bradford committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back became the third commitment in Texas A&M's 2015 class, giving his pledge to Kevin Sumlin. Splendora track coach and assistant football coach Randy Pope confirmed the news to GigEmNation via text message.

Weekend wrap: SEC 

August, 12, 2013
Despite the college football season being just a few short weeks away, recruiting season is still in full swing. As always, there was lots of news in the SEC recruiting world, including a few commitments and a big unofficial visit that took place. and some upcoming decision dates. Now a few questions must be answered.

Here is a look at the weekend that was in SEC recruiting.

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ESPN 300 running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) was one of Texas A&M's earliest commitments in the 2014 class.

The 5-foot-9 and now 190-pound tailback was the fourth player to give the Aggies his verbal pledge in the class, doing so last November.

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ESPN 300 analysis: Texas A&M Aggies 

June, 17, 2013
If you want evidence as to why Texas A&M has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, look no further than the latest ESPN 300.

Last season, the Aggies -- who had college football's No. 8 recruiting class -- hauled in 10 players in the 2013 ESPN 300.

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A&M commit Nixon healthy and hungry 

February, 28, 2013
Shaun NixonMax Olson/ESPNShaun Nixon struggled with injuries in 2012 but is looking forward to bouncing back this fall.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The motivation for running back Shaun Nixon is everywhere when he walks around the Lake Travis football office.

There are posters in the meeting room with the team’s season-long mottos for each of the five Class 4A state championship runs. Big, glossy photos of all those title teams decorate the hallway.

But they won’t be celebrating the 2012 Cavaliers much. Yes, that team went 9-2 and won its district. But the injury-ravaged outfit was knocked out of playoffs in the first round. A good year, all things considered, but not when you expect championships.

It was an especially painful year for Nixon, who sat out part of the season with a partially torn MCL. Now the Texas A&M commit is healthy, happy and no doubt focused.

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Texas A&M: 2014 prospects to watch 

February, 7, 2013

With Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class in the books, we turn the page and take a glance at the 2014 class. The Aggies already have seven commitments in the class. Let's take a closer look at some of those players:

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Surge continues for A&M with Seals-Jones 

December, 10, 2012
Ricky Seals-JonesMax Olson/ESPN.comRicky Seals-Jones is No. 13 in the ESPN 150 and is ranked as the No. 1 athlete.
SEALY, Texas -- Life has been pretty good for Texas A&M lately.

The Aggies concluded a 10-2 regular season, their first in the Southeastern Conference, on Nov. 24 and finished the regular season ranked in the top 10. They earned a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl to play Oklahoma. Since the season ended, they scored commitments from the state's No. 1 defensive tackle (Justin Manning), a standout prep school receiver (Ja'Quay Williams), a junior college tight end (Cameron Clear) and two 2014 ESPN Watch List prospects (Nick Harvey and Shaun Nixon).

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Aggies add 2014 RB Shaun Nixon 

November, 29, 2012
Shaun NixonMiller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN Watch List tailback Shaun Nixon is Texas A&M's fourth commitment of the Class of 2014.
Texas A&M's momentum in the 2014 recruiting class continues to build.

The Aggies made their fourth addition to the class on Thursday morning, landing ESPN Watch List running back Shaun Nixon of Austin (Texas) Lake Travis. Nixon confirmed the news to RecruitingNation via text message.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back had five offers in total, with the others coming from Baylor, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech. He was also receiving interest from TCU, Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas.

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Focus on '14: Running backs 

November, 20, 2012
GigEmNation is taking a weekly position-by-position look at the 2014 recruiting class as it relates to Texas A&M, who the Aggies are targeting, as well as 2013 commits and who on the roster will graduate. Today, we look at the running backs:

2013 commits: James White (Pearland, Texas/Dawson), Alex Sezer (Orange, Texas/Little Cypress-Mauriceville). Notably, Sezer will likely move to cornerback when he arrives at Texas A&M.

Running backs who will graduate: Christine Michael

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Aggies' upset win resonates with recruits 

November, 12, 2012
Texas A&M's upset win over No. 1 Alabama sent shockwaves through the Southeastern Conference and the college football landscape.

For the Aggies to make their first-ever trip Bryant-Denny Stadium and defeat the favored, defending BCS champions sent a statement to the rest of the league that the Aggies are not here to be a doormat.

Ed Paris
William Wilkerson/ESPN.comEd Paris, a 2014 CB prospect, was impressed with A&M's win over Alabama, but knows it can't be the only thing affecting his decision.
The impact of the 29-24 victory wasn't just felt on the field for Texas A&M, it also caught the attention of recruits everywhere.

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Q&A: 2014 running back Shaun Nixon 

October, 19, 2012
Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon and Texas A&M have had mutual interest for awhile. The Aggies have long been interested in the 2014 prospect who stands 5-foot-10, 180 pounds.

The Aggies originally offered Nixon in May but plenty of other schools have taken notice of him too. Baylor, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech all offered him and several others have shown at least some interest, including Alabama and Texas.

GigEmNation's Sam Khan Jr. spoke with Nixon to talk about his upcoming visit plans, who he has been hearing from and more.

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Visitors for LSU vs. Texas A&M 

October, 17, 2012
A huge SEC West tilt is on tap Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. That's when No. 18 Texas A&M hosts No. 6 LSU.

In addition to the expected sellout crowd, a healthy number of recruits should be in attendance, including some of the Aggies' top targets in the 2013 and 2014 classes.

Here's a list of recruits who are expected to be at the game Saturday. As the week goes on and we confirm more visitors (or those who change plans), we'll update the list.

  • 2013 WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Cedar Hill (Texas): No. 77 WR; Texas A&M commit
  • 2014 OLB Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (Okla.): (Arkansas State offer)

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Texas A&M venturing out of state in 2014 

September, 27, 2012
The state of Texas has been and will continue to be the primary recruiting base for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his coaching staff. The Lone Star State oozes talent on a year-in, year-out basis and the Aggies are certainly tapping into that well.

But with their entrance into the Southeastern Conference, the Aggies have been able to expand their recruiting footprint, another thing that Sumlin wanted to see. A national presence is something he wants. So that's why it should come as no surprise that the Aggies have offered 13 out-of-state prospects that are on the ESPN Watch List.

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Recruiting notes: Prevot listening to A&M? 

September, 13, 2012
With a crowd of more than 87,000 on hand, a national television crew in the house, ESPN's "College GameDay" providing buildup, and the anticipation for Texas A&M's first Southeastern Conference game, Saturday's season opener was a memorable moment for many Aggies.

It seems the same can be said for the recruits in attendance, many of whom were wowed by the scene in College Station, Texas, that day, despite A&M's 20-17 loss to Florida.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comClass of 2014 running back Shaun Nixon said he 'felt like putting pads on' during his trip to Texas A&M.
One 2014 running back was so enamored that he nearly committed to the Aggies right on the spot.

"I talked to [running backs] coach [Clarence] McKinney before the game and he was all stoked to see me," said Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon. "He was like 'When you going to commit?' He said 'I don't even have to say anything. Just wait until the game starts.' Sure enough, the game started and right then and there, I felt like I should commit.

"But then I texted my coaches and got their opinion and everything and they said, 'You should just wait it out and see how things go.' "

While Nixon didn't pledge before leaving Aggieland, he did leave feeling good about the Aggies and his relationship with McKinney and the staff.

"That was my first [A&M] game," Nixon said. "All I can say is that the fans were crazy, the players were crazy, everyone was pumped up. That's the moment that I'll never forget. My first A&M game against Florida, and I can't wait to go back and see another one.

"I felt like putting pads on and going out there and playing against [the Gators]."

Nixon has five offers, with Baylor, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech joining Texas A&M on the list. Is it safe to say that the Aggies have the edge after Nixon's recent visit?

"Yeah, I would say that," Nixon said. "Right now, all my schools are equal. Texas A&M, I just have a better relationship with everybody there. I've talked to them the most. I would say Clemson would come next because I've been talking to Coach [Chad] Morris a lot. I really can't rank them right now. They're all great schools."

Nixon took in Baylor's season opener against SMU and enjoyed it and said he may try to get to a Clemson game before the season is over. As for A&M, he said the Aggies have given him plenty of attention.

"You know after they offered me they kept continuing to show up and letting me know that they want me to come play," Nixon said. "I've got a bunch of letters from them. They're showing a lot of love and showing that I could be a potential starter when I get there. It's been great."

Prevot still USC solid, but listening to Aggies
Texas A&M hosted 20 of its 28 commitments in the 2013 class for the Florida game. But the Aggies also hosted some uncommitted 2013 and 2014 players and even a couple of committed players, including 2013 Houston Alief Taylor defensive end Torrodney Prevot, who is committed to USC.

Prevot joined Alief Taylor teammates Jonathan Wiggins (2013 Texas A&M commit) and Chris Hardeman (2014 LSU commit) for the trip and said he enjoyed his time in College Station.

"Just the whole entire game and the entire experience," Prevot said. "I was just walking and I saw A&M fans and they were like 'Oh, that's Torrodney Prevot,' and stuff like that. So that was pretty cool just to know that they know me and stuff like that and they're following me."

And the Aggies haven't given up on recruiting Prevot. While he says he's still 100 percent to USC, there's a part of him that's listening to Texas A&M.

"It feels pretty good to know that they're still recruiting me even though I'm committed with the USC Trojans," Prevot said. "It's good to see that they're not giving up. I'm pretty much sold on USC right now, but I'm listening. I'm sold, 100 percent [on USC], but then I hear the little voice just talking on my shoulder."

Prevot is being recruited by Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney. Prevot said the new feel around the program, with the new coaching staff and offensive and defensive schemes, has his attention.

"Probably just the opportunities that are coming up," Prevot said. "They're basically just starting a new program. That's really another thing to listen to."

But Prevot said he is still keeping in regular contact with the USC coaches and still feels good about the Trojans.

"We're pretty close," Prevot said. "I've been talking to a lot of my teammates and we're all trying to get down there for the Oregon game. We're all going to be down there just chilling. I keep in contact with the coaches and stuff and we're really building a relationship, so I'm going to stick with them."

Wiggins, Hardeman enjoy trip
Wiggins and Hardeman were in College Station with Prevot taking in the Texas A&M-Florida game.

Wiggins, who has been to several Texas A&M games, said it was good to see such strong representation from the 2013 class of commitments.

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