February 16, 2007

Nix made his mark on the 2007 class

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

USC defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix made a great contribution to the No. 6 rated recruiting class just signed by the Gamecocks last week. While Nix may not have signed a large number of prospects, he was a major factor in the Gamecocks landing several top defensive prospects. Today, we take a look at how instrumental he was to the class of 2007, and the other ways he impacts the program.

In his role as defensive coordinator, Nix is limited in the amount of time he can devote to recruiting during the season. Most of his time is spent planning for practice and games, as well as breaking down film of the opponent's offense. Many schools today do not even assign their defensive coordinator a recruiting territory due to these time restraints. Nix, however, has recruited in Georgia and Mississippi for the Gamecocks the past three seasons.

This year, Nix was directly responsible for signing a pair of junior college recruits that should make an immediate impact on the defensive depth chart. Defensive lineman Jonathan Williams signed with the Gamecocks after being committed to Mississippi State for most of the process. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Augusta, Ga., native has already enrolled and will go through spring practice. The three-star prospect reportedly has been impressive in winter workouts and has a strong work ethic, as well as being an upgrade athletically to the defensive line. Williams will work at both defensive end and tackle in the spring.

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