Nebraska received a commitment from Waco (Texas) Midway wide receiver William Nixon on Monday. Three takes on the decision of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Nixon:

1. Turn-and-go talent. Nixon, the son of Baylor co-offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon, shows polish to his game. He also shows an ability to pull away from defenders once he hits top speed. NU receivers tend to play multiple spots on the field — X, Y, R — but Nixon seems a good fit for the R spot, in the slot, where he can work the middle of the field and occasionally carry the ball. Sons of college coaches tend to have good grasps of the game, and William Nixon is not likely to be an exception there.

2. Doing work in Texas. Once Nebraska moved to the Big Ten, its recruiting engagement with Texas dropped considerably. NU’s new staff has renewed the Huskers’ interest in the Lone Star State, and Nixon’s commitment marks the fourth straight recruiting class in which Nebraska landed a player from Texas. It may not be the last in this cycle, either.

3. One or two spots left at receiver. After signing four receivers in the 2019 class, NU may need only one or two more in the 2020 class — and one of those spots could be taken up by a junior college wideout such as Omar Manning. Nebraska expects a lot out of its 2019 class — and should get a lot out of it — so 2020, with Nixon and Zavier Betts in the fold, is closer to the finish line at receiver.

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