The 2019 class just got a little better with the addition of three-star defensive back William Nimmo, Jr. out of Mater Dei in Santa Ana.
Judging from his tweet, it looks like he intends to enroll early.
He is listed at 6’0, 190 pounds, and will be an outstanding addition to the Bruin defense. Here are his senior mid-season highlights, thanks to Hudl:
Nimmo made his official visit to UCLA on the 19th and connected with defensive backs coach Paul Rhoades. The opportunity to play early in his career and the academic opportunities that UCLA offers were big selling points to direct Nimmo in his decision. According to 247Sports, his conversation during his visit with Chip Kelly was “eye opening”, and, while UC Berkeley was a favorite school of his growing up and two teammates have chosen Washington State, Nimmo announced today that he will be a Bruin in 2019.
Nimmo had received offers from Yale, Washington State, UC Berkeley, Iowa State, Florida, Colorado State, and others. Last week, he narrowed his choices and was going to be a Cougar, Bear, or Bruin.
In watching Nimmo’s highlights, I notice two things. First, he doesn’t just lower his shoulder and get the quick hit. He wraps up and follows through on the tackle. Second, he plays the ball as much as he plays his man. These are two complaints fans have had this year in regards to our secondary. So, bringing in athletes with these skills from the beginning can turn that around. He has the ability to tackle in space and is quick on his feet. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he comes from Mater Dei, a school that has traditionally had connections with other universities.
Keep in mind, of course, that this is just a verbal declaration. Nimmo will have to sign with the Bruins either in December during the early signing period or the first week of February during the traditional signing period.
Welcome to Westwood, William!