Pittsburgh Central Catholic WR/DB Anthony Nixon issues oral declaration to Maryland
Written by: Josh Funk on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Pittsburgh Central Catholic has had another of its top returning seniors-to-be issue an oral declaration to a Division-1 football program.
Anthony Nixon, a 6’1, 185 pound wide receiver/defensive back for the Vikings, issued an oral declaration to Maryland Thursday, according to a report published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Maryland was one of only two D-1 programs to offer Nixon a scholarship – Pitt was the other. Throughout his recruiting process, Central Catholic’s featured wideout also received interest from programs like Akron, Cincinnati, Iowa, Kent State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio, Penn State, Temple, Toledo, Stanford and West Virginia. It was rumored Stanford would be Nixon’s destination pending receipt of his SAT scores.
Nixon is the fourth Keystone State prospect in the 2012 class to choose Maryland, joining teammate Perry Hills, tight end/defensive end P.J. Gallo (Council Rock South) and linebacker Brock Dean (Bishop McDevitt).
Scout.com ranked Nixon as a two-star prospect at safety in the 2012 recruiting class.
Nixon was a two-way player for the Vikings en route to their 11-1 season and berth in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals opposite North Allegheny last year. The senior-to-be hauled in a team-best 34 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 20.6 yards per reception. In the semifinals against North Allegheny, Nixon caught seven passes for 121 yards.
Defensively, Nixon was a fixture in the defensive backfield for a Viking team that held 10 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Central Catholic allowed an average of 8.3 points per game in 2010.
Central Catholic finished 11-1 in 2010, reaching the WPIAL AAAA semifinals opposite North Allegheny.
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