Alabama sent out a surprising offer to Iowa commit Daviyon Nixon a couple days ago, and now there seems to be some question about the legality of the offer.
Nixon committed to the Hawkeyes out of high school and signed a National Letter of Intent on signing day in February, but he didn’t academically qualify. Iowa’s staff helped him enroll at JUCO Iowa Wesleyan and then got his appeal approved by the NCAA this summer, allowing him to join the Hawkeyes.
But things changed this week when Nixon received an out-of-the-blue offer from the Crimson Tide — an offer that might be against NCAA rules. On Friday morning, Iowa’s compliance office sent out this Tweet:
— Hawkeye Compliance (@UIowaCompliance) October 27, 2017
Because Nixon won his appeal with the NCAA over the summer, he is still bound to his NLI with Iowa. That makes any contact from other FBS schools illegal.
For most JUCO's it expires when they are denied enrollment. For Nixon, that wouldn't apply really because he did qualify, just really late. pic.twitter.com/QJOVJaHl3i
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) October 27, 2017
This will certainly be a situation worth monitoring as the season progresses. Nixon is expected join a FBS program in December.