Ventura LB getting lots of early attention

One of the top returning JUCO linebackers in the state of California is Ventura's Trashaun Nixon (6-2.5, 220) and got the low-down recently on his recruitment as well as what makes him such a special player for the Pirates...

Nixon prepped at Hueneme High School in Oxnard, Ca. and was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, but was all prepared to sign on with a D-2 program instead.

"I was all set to go to Central Missouri, but after talking to a couple of people, I decided that if I came to Ventura I could go D-1 and that's what I really wanted," Nixon told

Nixon played mainly linebacker last year, but also played some defensive end and even some strong safety when the need arose.

"My position was strongside linebacker and that's what I did most of the time, but depending on the situation, I moved up and played some linebacker and I dropped into coverage as a strong safety," Nixon noted.

As a freshman, Nixon posted 75 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, four sacks and 10 passes defensed last year and this year he hopes to be even better.

"I think my strength is that I understand the game and I play fast because I read things well," Nixon said. "This summer I'm working on my speed and just getting stronger so that I can be more physical and also track things down easier."

Nixon's older brother, Travaun Nixon, played two years for the Pirates and is currently playing for UTEP and there is a very good chance at his younger sibling could follow in his footsteps.

"Florida International, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, UTEP, New Mexico State, UNLV have all been in contact with me," Nixon said. "I don't have any offers yet, but a lot of schools just want to see my transcripts so once that happens, hopefully I will start to see some come through."

Nixon is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2011 football season.

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