Mixon back on the market

The recruiting process of Dimarya Mixon has been quite the roller coaster ride. The West Mesquite (Texas), a onetime 2013 defensive end prospect, was committed to Arizona State, and then Missouri before settling on Nebraska just days before National Letter of Intent day. These days, Mixon who never enrolled at Nebraska, is exploring his options once again and they do include the Sun Devils.

Thursday night was quite the irony for Dimarya Mixon as he was officially visiting one of his suitors, Washington State, and attended their game versus another school recruiting him in Arizona State, a contest where the Sun Devils dominated to the tune of 55-21.

"I had a good time on my Washington State visit," Mixon said. "They have been recruiting me since high school and after I committed they weren't talking to me that much, but things have picked up since. The game wasn't that great but you can't base things off one game. It was a very dominating game but I was there on a trip because of Washington State so I was concentrating on them.

"It was weird seeing the (ASU) coaches do their walk through because I know all of them. They obviously couldn't talk to me because I was on an official visit but they knew who I was. I like the coaches there and I think it's an upcoming program. I'm close to their defensive coordinator (Paul Randolph) who's recruiting me and I enjoy talking to him. He's an honest guy that doesn't only talk to you just about football, but also about life. I'm real good with their head coach too."

Aside from visiting Tempe in September of last year, Mixon is additionally familiar with ASU through his former West Mesquite teammate, cornerback William Earley, a current freshman for the Sun Devils.

"He told me good things about the program," Mixon said. "I know I can go there and make a big impact right away just like I can with other schools."

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end was a three-star 2013 prospect and the No. 51 defensive end in the country according to FOX Sports NEXT. As a senior he collected 48 tackles, 12 of them for a loss.

"One of those types of players who could play on the edge or he could possibly be an interior linemen," said FOX Sports NEXT National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers on Mixon. "It is all dependent on system and how he develops physically. He has long arms and moves well in the open field, which allows him to track down ball carriers and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is still growing and getting better with gained experience."

Mixon commitment to play for ASU in May of last year, then decommitted in November and a month later pledged to Missouri, only to settle on Nebraska just days before NLI day. He had offers from Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, and Washington State.

Last recruiting cycle the defensive end has been on official visits to Oklahoma, Arizona State, West Virginia, Missouri, and Nebraska. Due to an academic issue he didn't enroll in Nebraska and told Devils Digest that he hasn't been in contact with the Cornhuskers in quite a while.

In these last few weeks he has taken visits to Boise State (a trip which he gave high marks to) and Washington State, and will trip this weekend to Tennessee.

"If I go visit Arizona State it will be for the game against Arizona (Nov. 30th)," Mixon commented. A visit to Auburn on Nov. 16 is also a possibility.

Mixon is planning to sign as a mid-year transfer, and being through the recruiting process for the second time his approach is more pragmatic this time around.

"Every school is going to have great facilities and help you get a good degree," Mixon explained. "So I'm going to the place where I'm feeling the most comfortable and where I get to play early."


Sun Devil Source Top Stories