Lucas Nix, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive tackle from Jefferson High School in Clairton (Pa.), says he has over 30 scholarship offers, but denies a favorite.
"I want to commit this summer," Nix said. "I don't want to go through our season worrying about recruiting and all that."
Although he denies a leader, Nix favors Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia. The Panthers were his first offer last September. Nix's older brother, Nate Nix, is a redshirt freshman for Pittsburgh. "He said that I'll get a lot of attention, but not to get a big head and to keep working hard and improving. He says that recruiting is a lot of fun, and to just take things as they come."
He already attended the Pittsburgh Junior Day since it's only 15 minutes away. "It's nice that they are close and that my brother goes there, but I have to do what is best for me," he said."
The only other school that Nix has visited in person is Ohio State when he attended the Ohio State/Michigan game. "That game was one of the best experiences of my life," Nix said. "I love the atmosphere there and the stadium is amazing. I've been to Pittsburgh games before, but they play at Hines Field (where the Pittsburgh Steelers play). Ohio State is the first college stadium I've been too and it's just a different environment. It feels different from the NFL stadium."
Despite his proximity to Pittsburgh, Nix says he used to watch Michigan while growing up. "I've always kind of liked them and I love the Big Ten. They are a great team every year."
Nix hopes to take several unofficial visits this summer and would definitely like to visit Tennessee and Georgia. "I've been to a camp before in Alabama and I just loved the people," Nix said. "You could just feel that they take football very seriously. It's very different down there.
"I need to have a good chemistry with the coaches. Also, I want to play where they have nice facilities and a good stadium. The environment is very important to me."
Nix finished his junior season with approximately 60 tackles and seven sacks. He benches 315 pounds, has a 30-inch vertical jump and runs a 5.2 40.
"I'm really quick for my size and move well," he said. "I get off the ball fast and drive my feet hard. I'm very physical, but I want to get stronger and be able to overpower guys more.
"Most schools says they aren't sure which position they want me for yet (defensive line versus offensive line), but Michigan is saying offense. I think I'll probably end up playing defense."
He reports a 2.9 core GPA and is waiting on the results from the SAT.