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Lakewood recruit Isaiah Nixon flips from UCF to Florida Gators

The top-200 national recruit becomes the Gators’ top recruit in the 2023 class.
Lakewood High edge rusher Isaiah Nixon flipped from UCF to the Florida Gators.
Lakewood High edge rusher Isaiah Nixon flipped from UCF to the Florida Gators. [ JASON BEEDE | Orlando Sentinel ]
Published Jun. 21

The Gators picked up a big, local commitment Tuesday when Lakewood High’s Isaiah Nixon flipped from UCF to Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound edge rusher is a four-star recruit in the class of 2023. He is the nation’s No. 194 prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings and No. 26 at his position.

As a junior, he recorded 75 tackles (24 for a loss), 10 sacks and two forced/recovered fumbles.

Nixon committed to the Knights in April but decommitted Monday after a weekend visit to UF. Some of his other reported offers include USC, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State.

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Nixon becomes the top-rated commitment of the seven who have pledged to the Gators in this class. His addition will boost UF to No. 39 in the early class rankings.

It’s also a sign that the Gators are having some success living up to first-year coach Billy Napier’s plan of recruiting the state and Tampa Bay area heavily.

“I think we very much want to build our team inside-out, and that’s not just a slogan. That’s based off a lot of research,” Napier said this spring at a speaking stop at Armature Works. “And certainly when Florida’s had success, you’ve got to start in your back yard. And we would say two and a half hours up the road, two hours up the road, this is our back yard to some degree.”

Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign with colleges during their senior year.

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