Iowa City, Iowa – Our team at Hawkeye Heaven is writing a series of articles where we highlight each of the 22 commitments Iowa received in the 2018 class. We’ll share each recruit’s highlights, and do our best to mention what jumps out at us about each player on tape. Then we will predict what kind of an impact we think they will make in a Hawkeye uniform. The next commit under our spotlight is defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon.
Daviyon Nixon is a 6’4 285 lb defensive tackle from Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Iowa fans were expecting Nixon to be a part of their recruiting class a year ago, but he ended up having to play a season at Iowa Western Community College due to academics.
Nixon was rated as a 3 star recruit by Rivals in the 2017 class. He chose to commit to the Hawkeyes over offers from Purdue, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, Western Michigan, and New Mexico. It’s also worth mentioning that the Alabama Crimson Tide extended an offer to Nixon while he was at Iowa Western, and he decided to stick to his commitment to the Hawkeyes. It’s not every day that Iowa lands a commitment from a kid who also held an offer from Alabama.
Happy to say I truly am going to Iowa to further my career as a football player 💛💯🏈🏅🏆 pic.twitter.com/gqM7…
— DaviyonNixon (@DaviyonNixon) February 1, 2017
My first thought a few plays into the above highlight reel was “Man Nixon can really move for a big boy”. That’s a 6’4 285 pound man who is tracking down QBs and RBs in his tape. The best example of this is at about the 3:55 mark. Take a look at that play. Nixon doesn’t give up, busts his ass down the field, and makes the tackle. You don’t see that very often out of a defensive tackle.
Nixon uses his hands really well and he’s always keeping his eyes up to see where the ball is headed even when he’s engaged with a defender. This combination of skills is what allows him to make a lot of the plays you see in his highlight reel. It’s not often you see a player at his experience level be able to tie these two things together.
After watching his tape, it’s easy to see why a program like Alabama came in with a late offer to try to steal him from the Hawkeyes. Nixon has a tremendously high ceiling playing the game of football. His competition will be taking another step up at the Big Ten level, but I think Iowa found a player here who has the potential to play on Sundays. I understand that is saying a lot, but he has all the tools. Now he has to earn it.
Coach Ferentz announced a week ago that Nixon will be sitting out this season as an academic redshirt. This means that the NCAA has ruled him academically ineligible to play in 2018. This is disappointing news from a football perspective because many of us assumed he would be able to contribute immediately. However, Nixon has his entire future in front of him and academics are important. This will give him an opportunity to take care of his schoolwork and capitalize on a year in the Iowa strength and conditioning program. If he takes care of his business and approaches this upcoming year the right way then the Big Ten better look out in 2019. A year in Doyle’s program is going to turn this young man into a monster in the middle for the Hawkeyes.
Welcome to the Hawkeye family Daviyon!