Junior Athlete Looking For Breakout Season

Keith Mixon, 5-8, 169, is getting looks from schools but is yet to receive an offer. He and teammate Daron Payne visited Clemson last weekend.

Irondale, Ala. – Shades Valley High School in Birmingham is led by a couple of juniors and is looking to go 2-0 if it can get a road win at Mountain Brook this Friday night.

The Spartans are #9 in this week's ASWA 6A poll while the Mounties received a vote after beating Oak Mountain 38-15 last week.

The play-maker offensively for Shades Valley is #23 junior athlete Keith Mixon.

"I've told people how good Keith Mixon is," head coach Bill Smith said. "Hopefully some more people will get to know him as I have these past two seasons. He's a great kid."

Mixon hasn't received the level of recruiting attention as classmate Daron Payne, but he's one of the top offensive threats in the state for the class of 2015.

Last week he ran up over 250 yards from scrimmage in addition to his kick and punt return duties. He scored on receptions of 32 and 65 yards and also had a dazzling 80-yard scoring run.

"I had 1,033 receiving and running last year," Mixon said of his sophomore year. "This is supposed to be my breakout junior year."

Mixon's touchdowns came on a tunnel screen, a slant, and a shotgun counter run.

"I've got to give credit to my O-line," he noted. "I found a little seem. I can't take credit. It was my O-line. I found my hole and made something happen in the secondary."

Even though he had a tremendous night in week one, Coach Smith said he has to find ways to get Mixon the ball more as the season goes on.

"I don't know his numbers," Smith said. "I should fire myself for not getting him the ball more."

Mixon also plays basketball and runs track.

"I do the 100, the 200 and the 4x100," he said. "In the 100 I run 10.98 and in the 200 I run a 23." He also claims a 4.43 40-yard dash time.

While Payne has offers from all over the Southeast, Mixon because of his size at 5-8 169 is yet to get an offer. However, he went to multiple camps over the summer and it's just a matter of time before the first one comes.

"I went to camp at Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, UAB, Samford and Auburn," Mixon said. "I learned a lot with the position coaches – drills and how to prepare yourself for the games. It was good and a good experience for me this summer.

"I've got a lot of letters, but I don't have any offers," he added. "Recruiting is going pretty good so far."

Click here to watch Mixon in action week 1.

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