Viera’s Nixon enjoyed his summer college tour, but happy to be back with Hawks


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After making a number of unofficial visits to colleges over the summer, speedy Viera High receiver Tre Nixon is happy to be back practicing with his teammates.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

After arguably the best summer of his young life, Tre Nixon is back out on the Viera High practice field catching passes and practicing with his teammates in preparation for the upcoming season.

“It’s probably the best feeling yet throughout this whole summer,” the senior wide receiver said. “Just to be able to come out here with my brothers and know that the season has officially started … great things will come this year.

“I’m really excited.”

Blessed with more than 40 college scholarship offers, Nixon made a number of unofficial visits this summer. Among the schools he visited were Auburn, Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Penn State, Oregon and Georgia.

“They all stood out for me,” Nixon said. “Each visit I took, it was a (chance) for me and my mom to see what each school had to offer. I loved and enjoyed every visit.”

The fact that his mother, Jean Meranda, made every trip with him made it much more special.

“We have a bunch of memories that we’re going to share,” he said.

The speedy receiver released his top 10 list earlier this summer. It included Auburn, Alabama, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Penn State and Oregon.

Nixon said he planned to take another unofficial visit to Auburn on Aug. 15 before beginning the process of setting up his official visits.

The three biggest things he is looking for in a school are a family atmosphere, the chance to have an early impact and the style of offense that best fits his skill set.

Nixon isn’t the only Viera player with a decision to make.

Eight other Hawks currently have scholarship offers including seven seniors — quarterback Hayden Kingston, running back Zack Blanch, cornerback Trevor Merritt, defensive back Evan Cruz, defensive back Jay Boyd, defensive lineman Matt Martorelli and wide receiver Alex Cabrera. Sophomore linebacker Brandon Mays also has an offer.

Though Nixon mentioned in the spring that he hoped to have his college picked before the start of his senior season, the process will likely take a little longer.

“I just want to make sure the decision I make is going to be 100 percent,” he said. “I’m probably going to take two or three official visits and then make a decision after that.

“The only thing that would rush my process would be some (other) recruits committing and the spots starting to fill up soon. That would be the only thing that would make me rush it.’