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December 6, 2013

Nix signs with agent

A move that felt inevitable is now assured.

On Friday, Irish Illustrated confirmed through multiple sources that nose guard Louis Nix has signed with Five Star Athlete Management, ending his Notre Dame career after four seasons. Nix had the option of a fifth-year in South Bend after taking a red shirt season as a freshman.

A day earlier Nix posted a photo on Twitter of him driving away from Notre Dame with the Golden Dome in his rearview mirror.

The nose guard's final season was cut short by knee tendonitis and a meniscus tear that required surgery. Nix underwent the procedure the week of Notre Dame's home finale against BYU, then met his parents at midfield for introductions while still on crutches.

Nix played in just eight games this season and finished with 27 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. That followed a dominant junior season that earned Nix some periphery All-American notice when he posted 50 tackles 7.5 tackles for loss, three pass break ups and two sacks.

With a healthy Nix as its anchor, Notre Dame's defense finished second nationally in scoring, seventh in total defense, 11th in rush defense and 16th in passing efficiency defense.

Nix leaves Notre Dame as one of the program's biggest personalities in decades and perhaps its best interior defensive lineman in a similar timespan. Projected universally as a first round pick by draft analysts, Nix could challenge the draft position of Bryant Young, who went seventh overall the San Francisco 49ers in the 1994 draft.

Nix was on track to graduate from Notre Dame after this semester with a major in Film, Television and Theater.

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