Ventura DB is a ball-hawk in the deep patrol

After showing what he could do closer to the line in 2008, Ventura DB Travaun Nixon (6-1, 185) moved to corner so he could put his ball-hawking skills on display on a play-by-play basis. So far this season he's leading the state of California in interceptions and he recently updated on why he made the switch to corner and what schools have shown some interest early on...

Nixon was a non-qualifier after enjoying a solid prep career at Hueneme High School in Oxnard, Ca. He was looking for a place to continue his football career and he said Ventura was the natural decision.

"Ventura just fit me right," Nixon told "It's close to home and I really liked the coaches a lot. I talked to them a couple of times and just felt comfortable with them and how they could help me get ready for possibly playing at the next level."

As a freshman in 2008, Nixon was solid, posting 60 tackles and four interceptions from his strong safety position and this season he's moved out to corner, hauling in six interceptions to lead the Golden State while knocking down six passes and collecting 29 tackles.

"We needed some more depth at corner and I was the logical choice," Nixon said. "I have good speed (4.42) and I'm bigger, so I can match up against some of the tall receivers out there and be more physical.

"I can play both safety or corner, it really doesn't matter to me because I feel comfortable playing both."

Nixon said schools like Oregon, UCLA, Fresno State and Arizona State have all been in contact lately and that all like what he can do at corner.

"They like my physicality," Nixon said. "I'm good against the run and I can come up and be physical with receivers which gets them out of their game."

Nixon is still waiting on that first offer, but he said he's not worried about that aspect right now.

"I'm mostly just worrying about playing well and getting it done in the classroom," Nixon said. "I plan on signing in December and I'll have two years plus a redshirt season (3 to play 2) to play so I think some schools will start recruiting me a little harder."

We'll continue to keep track of Nixon's progress this season and update news as it happens.

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