Nixon's a Cajun

Jalen Nixon

The UL Ragin' Cajuns are in the midst of a weekend to remember. Tonight, the Cajuns clash with San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl. Yesterday, the '12 recruiting class added another commitment when Carencro's Jalen Nixon cast his lot with UL.

"I'm excited to be a part of things at UL," said Jalen Nixon. "It's close to home. My dad is a USL* grad. I'm nice to stay close and I really like UL.

"I talked to my parents and told them I strongly wanted to commit, and they strongly agreed. I sat down with Coach (Brent) Indest (at Carencro) and he also agreed that it was a good decision."

That's when Nixon made the call.

"I didn't have Coach Hud's (Mark Hudspeth) number at the time so I called Coach Jay (Johnson), he recollected. "I told Coach Jay I was ready to be a Cajun. Coach Indest texted Coach Hud, and I heard Coach Hud was excited.

"I'm surely going to watch the bowl game. I was thinking about going, but I have some things I have to take care of at home."

Nixon led Carencro to a 13-2 record and an appearance in last Saturday's Class 5A state championship game vs. West Monroe.

As a senior, he threw for 1,120 yards and ran for 1,006 more with a total of 29 touchdowns.

"I don't mind changing positions," said Nixon, who might make the move to linebacker in college.

It's conceivable that another Carencro standout -- three-star defensive lineman Jacoby Briscoe -- could land with the Cajuns.

"It's a strong possibility, especially if Texas A&M doesn't offer soon," said Nixon when asked about the likelihood of he and Briscoe both inking with the Cajuns on National Signing Day. "I would like to have him there. We're been playing together since we were little."

Nixon will take his official visit to UL in late January.

*UL was formerly known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana or USL.

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