Grossmont JC Safety Pledges to ASU

In the last six years Grossmont junior college near San Diego has supplied the maroon and gold three defensive backs. Last night, Terry Mixon made if four. Devils Digest spoke with Mixon about his decision.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me since last year," said the 6-2 210 Terry Mixon. "They showed a lot of interest in me and that was important. They offered me early in the season. I was gonna hold out a little before I committed, but they have been so dedicated to me…I had to go with who was loyal to me. Coach Fidler has been recruiting me and I really get along with him. I called him last night and told him that I was committing."

In the four games the safety has played thus far this season, Mixon has 13 tackles and two interceptions. However, what's even more impressive is that in week four of the season he returned two kickoffs of 92 and 93 yards for touchdowns. He's averaging 36.9 yards a return on the year. "I think I'm ready to play at the next level," he claimed, "but I do need to get bigger, maybe go up to 220. I have good speed, but I need to work on everything."

Mixon is the younger brother or Cal defensive back Tim Mixon. Earlier this year, the two brothers didn't think they could face each other next season. However, a season-ending injury that Tim suffered in the pre-season (Terry mentioned that these days Tim is doing well in rehab), may have the Mixon brothers playing on the same field after all, assuming that the NCAA will grant the older Mixon a medical hardship and a sixth year of eligibility.

"I wanted to play in the Pac-10," said Mixon. "My family lives in L.A. and they can now come see me play. Tim and I were talking about this yesterday, both of us playing the Pac-10. I know he wanted me to go to Cal, but he went his route and I'm gonna go my route."

Mixon attended Compton Dominguez high school in Los Angeles, and was set to go to San Diego State following his prep career. Academics prevented him from doing so, which landed him at Grossmont. SDSU was recently pursuing him, as was Tennessee, Washington, Cal and USC.

The Grossmont standout is one of those rare players who committed to a school without visiting it first. He obviously learned quite a bit about the program from Coach Fidler, and does see other advantages of attending college in Tempe. "I really like the defense and I can see myself playing nickel there – they play a lot of nickel," he remarked. "I also liked how they send a lot of players to the NFL. I'm gonna try and make it down there in November. My decision is solid and I'm not taking any visits to any other schools."

Mixon noted that he will try to graduate in December, but he's more likely to get his AA degree in the spring. Since he hasn't redshirted he has three years to exhaust his two years of eligibility. In the 2005 JC Gridiron rankings, Grossmont finished second in the nation. That season they won the Foothill conference, as well as the Southern California bowl. This year the Griffins are 6-1.

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