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Shaun Nixon made up his mind Thursday morning as the Cavaliers athletic period came to a close.
The 5-9, 185-pound junior running back came onto the scene last year and helped the Cavaliers win the Class 4A state championship for a fifth straight season.
Nixon will be joining the Texas A&M team that has made headlines this season for its move to the SEC Conference and for its upset win over then-No. 1 Alabama, which solidified quarterback Johnny Manziel candidacy for the Heisman Trophy award.
“I feel like maybe that was the school that’s given him the most attention,” Lake Travis football coach Hank Carter said. “I don’t know how to put it. He got tons and tons of handwritten letters … It’s a pretty stressful decision for kids. The thing that was important to him was whenever he was offered, he could see himself fitting in well. And it works for his family, his mother and father being close and being able to come see him play.”
Nixon led the Cavaliers this year with 106 rushes for 756 yards and 11 scores on the ground, and he also had team-highs of 36 receptions and 437 yards and three receiving touchdowns, accounting for 1,193 yards and 14 total scores.
This year, Nixon became more involved in the passing attack but missed time during the season because of an injury. He worked his way back and was able to play in the bidistrict playoff game that Lake Travis lost to Pflugerville.
Carter, who said he cannot recall a Lake Travis student-athlete going to Texas A&M in recent history, said Nixon also had a lot of interest from Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech among others. Former Lake Travis tight end Ryan White, who graduated from the high school in 2001, went on to play football at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies are 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, and the Aggies offense bears close semblance to the Cavaliers’ style.
“The new staff at A&M, coach Sumlin’s staff, for whatever reason, have been a little more visible in this area,” Carter said. “In years past, we didn’t get a lot of attention from A&M, and maybe it was because we were sending so many guys to Texas.
“They’ve been on Shaun since the get-go. And it’s the same exact offensive system he’s been running here. It’s a great fit for him, great school; they’re playing well and look to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.”
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