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Louis Nix is staying put

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix realizes his activity on social media can cause a stir, especially when a post can put his future with the Irish in question.

The 6-foot-3, 326-pound Jacksonville, Fla., native created some nervous thoughts among his 5,208 Twitter followers when he posted a tweet that said, “Hopping on Delta and might never come back,” late Sunday night.

Nix did little to halt the rumors that he could follow fellow Floridian Aaron Lynch, who left the program last Friday, out of Notre Dame when he posted a tweet that said, “Still at ND…blah,” on Monday.

“I just know I have to be careful with what I tweet,” Nix said after Wednesday’s practice. “It makes the whole ND nation and all 5,000 followers go crazy.”

“I just got to slow down. I might say the wrong thing or say something cryptic, and everybody thinks, ‘Ah, something is going on.’ I just got to slow down.”

Nix said he has struggled at time with being far from home. And the junior-to-be, who didn’t play as a freshman, said he had considered leaving at times.

“It’s a roller coaster ride for anybody playing college football,” Nix said. “Sometimes you are sick of school and just want to relax sometimes. Sometimes, you just want to go home.

“It’s hard because Florida is all I know. I never left until I started getting recruited. I didn’t know about Notre Dame or Indiana and all that. You learn about Indiana in school, but you don’t take all that in. You don’t want to go a lot of places; you just want to stay where you were. That’s how it was for me. It kind of bothered me some because I was scared getting on a plane for the first time, experiencing the cold for the first time. It’s a lot to take in, but I think I handled it.”

Unlike Lynch, who will transfer at the end of the semester to play at a school in Florida, coach Brian Kelly said Nix hasn’t shown signs that he could want to leave Notre Dame.

“Louis has never got his head down,” Kelly said. “He’s always got something to say, he’s always upbeat. He’s got that personality. He’s not a guy when I go in the locker room that I’m worried about Big Lou.

“If he is going through anything, it’s just a matter of life at Notre Dame.”

Nix adjusted well to being on the field last season. He recorded 45 tackles, with 4 1/2 for loss, and started 11 of 13 games.

Nix has been working with the second-team defense at times during Notre Dame’s open practice viewing this spring as junior-to-be Kona Schwenke worked with the first team.

Nix dispelled the notion that his status in the spring could lead to him transferring.

“I wasn’t worried about the message too much. Me and Kona, we’ve been working out since spring started and before the spring started,” Nix said. “Kona has gotten stronger, up with me, and we have been pushing each other. I’m not worried about who’s in and who’s not. We are going to produce.”

Nix did stop short of completely ruling out leaving the Irish only saying “I’m here now, you see me.”

And when he was pressed on being at Notre Dame in the fall, Nix was cryptic again.

“Should be,” he said.