There aren't too many players in the JUCO ranks more coveted than Keisean Nixon. Nixon is a player we liked two years ago coming out of L.A (Calif.) Salesian and he has definitely taken his game to another level.
The athlete has good size for a corner at 5-11, 196 pounds, runs well, has very good ball skills and is a tough, physical player who has a nice edge to him. He's an instinctive kid who will have three years to play two at the next level and will be graduating in December and will be able to enroll in time for spring ball wherever he signs.
"I loved it there, it's a great fit for me," Nixon said. "It's the Pac-12 and I'm a West Coast kid so I fit in really well and was very comfortable. I love the coaching staff and that's big for me. I spent a lot of time with Coach (Cory) Hall, the DB coach and Coach (Gary) Anderson as well and they're both straight up guys.
"With Coach Hall, he cares about you as more than just a football player. He told me even I don't choose Oregon State, I can still reach out to him and call him anytime. Coach Anderson talked to me like a man and I can tell he's very honest, he won't lie to you. They want me to come in and play right now and that's what I'm looking for in a program."
Nixon said his comfort level with the coaches and early playing time are big factors in his decision.
"Of course I want to win and I'll always play hard but I'm looking for a chance to make it to the League (NFL)," Nixon said. "So I'm looking for a school with a staff I can trust that can help get me there. I think I can play early at the all the schools I'm looking at and my goal is to come in and start from day one.
"With Oregon State, I think I'll have an opportunity to do that and I trust the coaches will help me reach my goals. Corvallis is a cool city, small college town but that stuff doesn't really mean that much to me. I just want to play football. That's my main focus and my top priority. I want to get my degree too, but playing in the NFL is my dream."
Nixon will take one last trip but is still figuring out where that will be.
"It's between Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State," Nixon said. "I'm looking at UCLA too but I won't take an official there since it's so close. I just took an unofficial there last week and that's when they offered.
"I spent time with Coach Mora and Coach Meat (Martin) and they told me lose their starting corners and want me to come in and be ready to go. They're high on my list for sure, I'll be coming out with a top five real soon and there's a very good chance they'll be on there."
Nixon has a busy week of home visits and will make his college choice in a few weeks.
"South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi State all came in today," Nixon said. "Cal, UCLA and Georgia will be coming by tomorrow. Oregon State will be coming either tomorrow or Wednesday.
"The JC signing period starts December 14 but I'm going to announce on the 17th. That's my mothers birthday so I'm going to give her a special present and make my announcement that day.