Nix says the Florida Gators will always “rank pretty high” for him

Last Thursday night, the Florida Gators coaching staff hosted over 200 prospects on campus for the orange and blue spring game, and that included many underclassmen prospects.

2025 linebacker Gavin Nixon (6-0, 226, Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy) was on campus and liked the feeling he got from the coaching staff and support staff while on campus.

“Really the hospitality,” Nix said on what he liked about his visit to Florida for the spring game. “Anywhere I go, I want to be around a group of men that’s going to look out for me not only on the field but off the field too. Every time I come up here, the coaches always show love, and the development of the players is great too.”

Linebackers coach Jay Bateman has been the main recruiter for Nix and the linebacker believes in Bateman’s history of coaching his position.

“It was great, it’s always great seeing Coach Bateman,” he said. “He’s a great guy and it’s always great being able to catch up with him. Coach Bateman is doing a great job with his development of Shemar James, seeing that coaching that he’s putting him into him, anybody would want to get coached up by this staff.”

Before the spring game, Nix and Bateman were able to sit down and talk and the Gators’ defense was the topic and something Nix is very familiar with.

“The defense seemed great,” Nix said. “At IMG we run pretty much the same defense, everything that me and Coach Bateman talk about with the defense is all familiar language so that’s good information for me.”

Nix has been a frequent visitor to Gainesville and he says the Gators are a team he likes a lot because they have several things he’s looking for in a college.

“Florida is always going to rank pretty high for me because they’ve shown love to me since I was young,” he said on where Florida stands for him. “I want to go somewhere that I feel wanted and loved so they will always stack up pretty high.”



Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.