Nixon doing double duty

<b>Mike Nixon</b> is a 6-3, 195-pounder from Phoenix, Arizona, and the Sunnyslope High Athlete has been getting attention from major D1 football schools on the weekend while still trying to fit in a challenging hoops schedule during the week.

"Yeah, we just beat the preseason #1 team by 5 last night," Mike told today about Sunnyslope's win over Washington. "We moved up to number 1 now and play McClintock, who is the number two team in the state on Friday."

On the football front, the state Player of the Year took an official visit to Washington last weekend and came alway very impressed. "I have to admit that I didn't know all that much about Washington leading up to the visit, but I was really impressed by everything up there," he said. "What impressed me more than anything was the fact that the coaches kept things moving along. You could tell they really knew what they were doing and what they wanted to show me. The town (Seattle) is great and it's only a couple of miles away. And the indoor facility was great. I had a chance to see the one at Oregon this summer during the camp I went to and this one with the field turf was much better."

Before his visit, Mike also mentioned that weather may be an issue, but not anymore. "It was fine, very bearable," he said. "If that's as bad as it gets, it's not a problem at all for me."

Mike's host was Taylor Barton. "Taylor was great," Nixon said. "We hung out the two nights I was there. He told me a bit about himself, coming from Colorado and the JC and he kept telling me how great the staff is. He wasn't pressuring me about the school or anything like that. He just told me how it was. He was a great host."

Mike wasn't sure about a position preference before his trip, but that was clarified. "There's no question they would want me to come in as a safety from day one," he said. "I talked to Coach Hauck about it, and he told me that I could come in and be a leader. Because I play quarterback too I know how to make the reads and checks and I would also be in a position to use my leadership skills."

Nixon also had kind things to say about Coach Neuheisel. "He's a great coach, a real players' coach," he said. "You could tell that he will do anything he can to accomodate his players."

Mike has three more visits set up (UCLA, Notre Dame and Stanford), but feels he'll only need one more trip before making his decision. "After my game on Friday I go to UCLA," he said. "To be honest, I thought Washington was third before taking my trip (behind UCLA and ASU), but after the trip they pulled even with UCLA. I'm going to take my trip to UCLA this weekend and then probably make my decision the following week."

Nixon mentioned that Coach Neuheisel will be making a mid-day stop in Arizona to have lunch with him next week and that either Coach Bernardi or Coach Snow from Arizona will also be paying him a visit before he decides. Top Stories