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Daviyon Nixon weighing his options after Alabama offer
Daviyon Nixon didn’t know what he was going to hear when he eventually called Alabama defensive line coach Karl Dunbar.
Nixon, a 3-star Iowa defensive tackle commit from Iowa Western Community College, checked his Twitter notifications on Tuesday and saw Dunbar had followed him. Nixon then called his father and told him that a Crimson Tide assistant followed him on Twitter.
Once Nixon followed Dunbar back, he messaged the recruit and told him to call. Nixon couldn’t at that time because he had practice and then a meeting afterward. He eventually called Dunbar at 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Dunbar asked Nixon for his up-to-date measurables (6-foot-5 and 300 pounds). To which, Dunbar said Nixon was big enough to play in the SEC at a high level. Dunbar also told him he watched his basketball film from high school and his junior college football highlights. His athleticism is what impressed Dunbar the most.
“He asked me if I could still run down the court and dunk a basketball,” Nixon told SEC Country. “I told him that I could. He then said why not show him that at Alabama.
“I was shocked. I had to ask the coach if he was serious. I didn’t think I’d have this opportunity to get an offer from Alabama. It was just a big surprise. It never dawned on me that Alabama would ever be interested.”
And he has a reason to be shocked. Nixon originally committed to Northern Illinois in the Class of 2017. Most Power 5 programs stayed away from him because it was clear that his academics were going to be an issue.
Iowa kept tabs on Nixon, though. The Hawkeyes believed that he could turn it around. Nixon did ultimately improve his grades, but it wasn’t enough to academically qualify. The Iowa staff helped Nixon enroll at Iowa Western, and the Hawkeyes assisted him in his successful appeal to the NCAA over the summer that will now allow him the opportunity to enroll this spring at an FBS school.
The amount of work that the Iowa staff has put in to make sure Nixon can enroll this spring definitely means a lot to him. That’s why it would be tough for any school, even Alabama, to flip his commitment.
“It would be very, very hard,” Nixon said. “That’s why I’m taking it slow and thinking about everything. I have until December to make up my mind because that’s when I’m signing.”
Now that Alabama has entered the picture, it has certainly made him pause and think about the opportunities he would have with the Crimson Tide. He rattled off what he knows about the university: great academics, family atmosphere, championships and NFL alumni.
One of his good friends, Tyler, attends the school. When Nixon got the Alabama offer on Tuesday (he didn’t post it on Twitter until Wednesday), he told Tyler about it.
“He told me that he loves it there,” Nixon said of Tyler’s experience at Alabama. “He met a lot of people quickly. He told me that I should come down there to visit. I asked him if I came down there what it would be like. He told me that I’d have a great time and meet so many different people. He told me I would love it there.”
Before he posted the offer on Twitter, Nixon told his parents that he wanted to tell the Iowa coaches first. He felt it was the right thing to do after all they’ve done for him over the past few months.
Nixon, who has 29 tackles, 8.5 of those for a loss, and 2.5 sacks this season, said he is planning on taking an official visit to Alabama after his season ends next month.
“I told the coaches that I’m not doing anything and I just accepted the offer,” Nixon said. “I’m just rolling with it right now and weighing out all of my options. I’ll make a final decision after the season and after school is over.”
If Nixon does flip, it wouldn’t be the first time the Tide flipped an Iowa commitment. Current starting offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher was committed to the Hawkeyes for several months before flipping to Alabama. It appears as if Alabama wants Nixon to now do the same.
Getting several interior linemen in the 2018 class is important for Alabama with Da’Ron Payne likely leaving for the draft and Joshua Frazier graduating. Alabama’s top targets at DT this year are Bobby Brown, who will make his commitment next Thursday; junior college prospect Caleb Tremblay; 4-star prospect Christian Barmore; Auburn commit Coynis Miller; and now Nixon.
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