When 2014 running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) picked up his first offer from Clemson, he was an overachieving freshman who many had high expectations for. To say he was excited would be an understatement.
So when the 5-foot-10, 182-pound back picked up his second offer from Texas Tech -- roughly a year later -- that same feeling of excitement was there. Nixon said he received the offer from the Red Raiders late last week.
“When I got it, it felt just like the first one. I know I’m going to college now,” Nixon said. “If I keep this up, maybe I can get more.
“I just felt relief. This tells me I’m good enough to play at the next level. I was very excited to tell my family that I got my second offer.”
Nixon said he was offered by Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, but he has been in contact most with running backs coach Chad Scott. Nixon rushed for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns and averaged nearly nine yards per carry during the 2011 season.
Nixon also caught 27 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns, helping Lake Travis win the Texas Class 4A Division I state championship and the team’s fifth consecutive state title. Lake Travis, which finished No. 9 in the final Fab 50, became the first team in Texas high school football history to win five straight state titles.
In addition to the schools that have offered, Nixon is getting looks from Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
“For me, I’m looking for a team that’ll give me the most opportunities to play,” Nixon said. “I’m looking for a team similar to my high school offense, which Texas Tech is. There are a lot of schools that play spread offenses, but Tech’s been good at telling me that I could have a chance of playing early.”