About a month ago, Maryland got their fourth commitment of the 2012 class, Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) quarterback Perry Hills. Now, with their twelfth commitment of the class, they’ve secured his top receiver – fellow CCHS rising senior Anthony Nixon.
Listed at 6’1″ and 185 pounds, Nixon is listed as a three-star wide receiver by Rivals, a two-star safety by Scout, and a two-star safety by ESPN. As a junior, he caught 34 passes for 699 yards and picking off three passes on his way to being named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team.
Usually, we go with Rivals on the position that a prospect is listed at, but in the Post-Gazette’s article on his recruitment, they mention that he’s being recruited to play as a defensive back. There goes the cool idea of having Hills throw to his former high school guy in the future.
Maryland defensive line coach and stud recruiter Greg Gattuso was unsurprisingly behind all this, bringing his contribution alone to the 2012 class up to four. Gattuso was recruiting Nixon from Pitt last year, and the Panthers were the only other school to offer him a scholarship.
Let’s look at the tape after the jump.
Nearly all of his plays are at wide receiver, so again, we’re surprised that he’s being recruited as a safety. Still, we’ll take the Post-Gazette’s word for it.
He seems like more of a possession receiver, with some skill after the catch. What we really get out of this video is an enhanced view of Hills, who looks mighty impressive dishing the ball all over the place to Nixon.
There really isn’t that much of him at safety to make a judgement on, but I will say this – with those hands at receiver he is a good bet to get quite a bunch of interceptions. The only plays on the tape of him at safety are of picks, but they’re relatively simple ones so we don’t know much.
Welcome to Terp Nation, Anthony.