Mike Nixon, 6-3, 200, Phoenix (Ariz.) Sunnyslope committed to UCLA last night.
"Mike has always liked UCLA," Sunnyslope head coach Dallas Hickman told Greg Biggins of Pac-West Football. "He likes the school and area a lot and was very comfortable on his trip. I know UCLA likes him as a safety and he'll be a great one. He's the best player I've ever coached and one of the best I've ever seen that's for sure. He called up the coaches last night and told him he was coming."
Nixon earned several post-season honors this past season including State Player of the Year by several publications in Arizona along with Western Region Player of the Year and 1st team All-American by Student Sports.
Nixon had earlier visited Arizona State and Washington and was also planning to trip to Notre Dame in addition to the Cardinal.
"I think Mike just wanted to get the 1,000 pound weight off his back and commit now," Hickman said. "Like I said, he always wanted to play for UCLA and loves the academics there. I think if they would have offered him during the season, he would have committed on the spot. The trip was good for him and he thought about committing before he left but he wanted to go home first and collect his thoughts a little.
"It's going to be tough without him but we'll try and get after it. I'm not sure if we'll retired his jersey but it's going to be awhile before I let anyone else wear it."
He's one of the hardest hitting safeties on the West Coast totaling 109 tackles and four interceptions. He was also the State's Offensive Player of the year after throwing for 2,636 yards and 34 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Nixon is also a talented baseball player who could be drafted in June and may play both sports in college.