Nixon, Page Could Be Goners

Two of UCLA's big football commitments – Jarrad Page and Mike Nixon – are drafted high in today's major league baseball draft, dramatically putting into question whether they'll ever play football at UCLA…

Mike Nixon and Jarrad Page, two high school football players that signed National Letters of Intent with UCLA in February, were drafted in today's Major League Baseball draft.

Nixon was taken in the third round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Page in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

While information is undisclosed on how exactly this will affect their status with the UCLA football team, some sources are indicating that Nixon and Page being drafted where they were today is a strong indication that neither will end up in a UCLA football uniform.

The Nixon family had given major league baseball teams an undisclosed money figure that they said would convince him to play baseball exclusively and bypass his UCLA football scholarship. The situation is similar with Page, however, a source indicated that Page could sign, at minimum, for $2,000,000, which many believe is substantial enough to convince Page to bypass college. Speculation is that if Page is worth at least $2,000,000, than Nixon, being drafted two rounds ahead of Page, is worth substantially more – and the price that the Nixon's stipulated could very well be met.

Both Nixon and Page have indicated that they're not interested in doing what both Ricky Manning and Matt Ware did – sign a baseball contract while still playing football at UCLA, and play for their respective minor league pro clubs during the summer. Reportedly, both Nixon and Page are considered far better baseball prospects than either Manning or Ware, and it's plausible that either the Dodgers or the Brewers would pay either Nixon or Page enough money to convince them not to play college football.

It was believed before today's draft that the Nixon's money demands would more than likely not be met. But the fact he was taken in the third round is an indication that the Dodgers consider him a very serious prospect, and more than likely did so with the intention of meeting the Nixons' price.

If both Nixon and Page don't play football at UCLA, it's a pretty substantial blow to UCLA's recruiting class. Both are projected as safeties, a position that is currently fairly thin on the roster, and both were being expected to possibly come in and immediately contribute.  

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