Terps pledge Anthony Nixon 'a very tough kid'
At Pittsburgh Central Catholic last fall, quarterback Perry Hills teamed with wide receiver Anthony Nixon to form one of Pennsylvania's top pass-and-catch duos. In college, they could have a chance at replicating that success.
Hills committed to Maryland last month, and Nixon followed suit by pledging to the Terps on Sunday.
“They were early. They were his first offer,” said Central Catholic coach Terry Totten. “He liked it. He liked the coaching staff. He likes [defensive line coach Greg] Gattuso and he likes [coach Randy] Edsall. They were always kind of his front-runner.”
Maryland, which offered Nixon in March, reportedly beat out Pittsburgh and West Virginia for the three-star prospect’s services. Rivals.com rates Nixon as the No. 38 player in Pennsylvania for the 2012 class.
Nixon helped the Vikings to an 11-1 record last fall and an appearance in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League semifinals. Offensively, the future Terp caught 33 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns. Nixon’s also a standout safety for Central Catholic. Totten isn’t sure which position Nixon will play at Maryland.
“He can play either. I can tell you that,” Totten said. “He’s a very tough kid.”
Nixon is Maryland’s fourth commitment of the 2012 class from Pennsylvania, joining Hills, Council Rock South tight end P.J. Gallo and Bishop McDevitt linebacker Brock Dean. Totten thinks Nixon will do whatever it takes to make his mark at Maryland.
“He’s an excellent blocker, a great cover guy on kickoffs, and he makes tackles from the safety spot,” Totten said. “He’s an all-around football player.”