"I'm excited for Jalen," said Carencro head coach Brent Indest. "It's a lifelong dream of his to play college football and for him to get the chance to do it 10 minutes away from Carencro High School - is great.
"I'm a big believer in what Coach Hud (Mark Hudspeth) is doing at UL. He has brought a sense of energy that they've been needing for a real long time."
How does Indest describe Nixon?
"UL is initially recruiting him as a quarterback but Coach Hud knows Jalen can play a lot of spots like linebacker, H-Back or tight end," said the Carencro head coach.
"Jalen was huge for us this year and he took things to the next level against Barbe, Ouachita and Byrd. Alex (Johnson) was our leading rusher but Jalen (6-2, 230) was our third and short, fourth and short guy. He would get that extra yard.
"He understands how things work. Jalen is an extremely smart and bright kid who carries himself with a positive demeanor."
Carencro went 13-2 with Nixon at the controls of Indest's offense. In a second round playoff win over Ouachita, Nixon scored the game-winning touchdown in the final moments of the fourth quarter.
In the semifinals, Carencro handled a previously-unbeaten and nationally-ranked Byrd team, 34-21. Nixon ran for four touchdowns in that contest.
He also helped set a school-record by firing 10 completions to WR Shawn Thomas in a 49-7 rout of district rival Lafayette High. No Carencro player had ever caught that many passes in a single game.
Nixon maintains a grade point average in the 3.5 range with a 25 on his ACT.
Carencro spent several weeks ranked in the Scout Top 50. The Bears debuted in the rankings early in the season and climbed several spots before exiting following a setback to '10 state champ Acadiana.
The north Lafayette Parish program re-entered the rankings after bouncing Byrd from the playoffs.