Hawkeye DT Daviyon Nixon in Class, Mulling Options

January 17, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It’s complicated and there’s more to the story. That’s what we are left thinking about following Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz comments Thursday on defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon.

Here’s what he had to say:

Nixon signed with the Hawkeyes out of Kenosha (WI) Indian Train High as a member of the 2017 recruiting class. He ended up spending a year at Iowa Western Community College before joining the Hawkeyes in its ’18 class. It was announced before the season that he would not participate in games so he could focus on academics.

Nixon practiced for at least some of the season and impressed position coach Reese Morgan, as he told HN last month. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound sophomore did not take part in bowl prep.

Ferentz said on Thursday that Nixon began taking spring semester classes at Iowa this week, but confirmed a 247 Sports report from earlier this week that the defensive tackle did put his name in the transfer portal, meaning coaches from other schools can contact him about coming to their schools.

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“He’s considering his options right now. We’ll see where that all goes,” Ferentz said during Thursday’s press conference here at the football performance center.

The coach was asked how long Nixon had been away from the team and he did not answer that question directly.

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“He came in with (from JUCO) some conditions, as you know, when he was here, wasn’t able to dress out, those types of things. So, I’ll just say this, you know, Daviyon, in my exposure to him, has been extremely positive. We’ve liked what we’ve seen of him on the field. He’s a tremendous young guy. Right now he’s working through some options and we’ll see where it all goes,” he said.

University privacy laws could prevent Ferentz from speaking publicly about certain aspects of the Nixon case, whether it be academic or otherwise.

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If available, Nixon figures to play a key role on Iowa’s defensive line, which has lost eight players to graduation, early entry into the NFL and other forms of attrition since the end of the season. That group included starting tackles Matt Nelson and Sam Brincks.

Nixon flew under the recruiting radar coming out of high school but interest picked up after his season with Iowa Western, where he recorded 44 tackles (9 for loss) and five sacks. National power Alabama offered him a scholarship, but he stuck with his commitment to the Hawkeyes.

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