2014 Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon spoke with Scout at the Semper Fidelis All…
Semper Fi: Shaun Nixon
2014 Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon has been committed to Texas A&M since his sophomore year of high school and the talented back hasn't waivered on his choice one bit. Committed to coach Kevin Sumlin since Nov. 2012, Nixon says he loves the Aggies as much as he did when he gave them his pledge. In fact, each time he visits College Station (Texas), he falls in love all over again. "I just kind of fell in love with it when I watched them play Alabama [this season]," Nixon explained at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Santa Ana (Calif.). "There's a lot of tradition there. I like the coaches there. Coach [Kevin] Sumlin, [offensive coordinator Clarence] McKinney, [co-offensive coordinator Jake] Spavital, all those guys. It was just fun and a really good experience." Prior to the Semper Fi Bowl and throughout the week of practices NIxon was like most of the college football world, continuing to hear rumors of Sumlin being pursued by other college and NFL teams. The four-star recruit said he would have understood if Sumlin took another position, but is happier that the Aggies coach chose to stay. "It was exciting he signed an extension," Nixon said. "I heard he's a great man, so I'm happy." The 5-foot-10 190-pound back wants to compete for a spot in the rotation right away when he arrives in College Station. He says Spavital and him communicate the most and that Spavital has indicated Nixon will have every opportunity to get in the mix. "He's just excited for me to come in there and take over the running back position and learn," Nixon explained. "They have not talked to me about redshirting. They said if you need it, we'll redshirt you but they've talked about it right away about playing anybody if they're good enough. "I think I'm good enough, I have the drive, the will to go out there and compete with anybody." Nixon considers himself a "balanced" back, saying he has speed, power, the ability to make people miss and isn't afraid to lower his shoulder to gain the extra inches. When he committed to A&M in 2012 he knew the Aggies would be moving to the SEC. After watching them compete in the conference for two seasons now, Nixon says he can't wait to join what most consider the nation's strongest conference. "it's going to be an experience, one thing I know is that if you have success in the SEC you can play anywhere," he explained. "It's good to know." Nixon has not taken any of his official visits. He says he's only planning to take one and that will be to Texas A&M. As for his time in California? He said it meant "a lot" to be selected to play in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. "These marines come out here and they do a lot for us overseas and all that," he explained. "I want to show that they gave me the honor to play for them and I just want to show them that I appreciate everything they're doing for us and it means a lot. I got picked for this game and it's a privilege."
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