Stan Hixon, the Nittany Lions’ assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, informed the parents of wide receiver commit De’Andre Thompkins on Wednesday morning that he will be headed with O’Brien to the Texans. Thompkins is slated to enroll at Penn State on Jan. 10 but without Hixon in the fold he and fellow wide receiver commit Chris Godwin could both be looking elsewhere.
Hixon came to Penn State after spending 31 years in coaching at both the collegiate and professional level. He coached the Buffalo Bills wide receivers from 2010-2011 and worked in the same role with the Washington Redskins from 2004-2009. He’s worked with the likes of Stevie Johnson, Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle-El and has a proven track record.
Hixon was as associate head coach and wide receivers coach at LSU from 2000-2003 and also worked with O’Brien at Georgia Tech, coaching the receivers from 1995-1999.
The Iowa State alum’s most recent project included helping Penn State’s standout wide receiver, Allen Robinson, transform into a two-time All-Big Ten player. The Nittany Lions’ junior hauled in 174 catches for 2,445 yards and 17 touchdowns during the last two seasons and could declare early for the NFL Draft.
As Hixon's hiring would appear to spell the end of Larry Kirksey's days in Houston, here's wishing him and his family the best of luck as Kirksey looks for a new gig.