Cobrani Mixon had 100 tackles and nine sacks in an abbreviated season lasy year while helping Colerain bring home the state title. His numbers may have been even better had it not been for serious knee injury that he sustained near the midway point.
In week five of last season he suffered a torn ACL and a torn meniscus. However, he returned to the field in week eight and played all of the way through the state title game. "He finished the season playing in the state championship game on Saturday and then had surgery on Tuesday," Colerain coach Kerry Coombs told us last month. "His rehab is going extremely well. He is a special player."
According to most observers, the traits that make Mixon so effective are his intensity, speed, and his physical style of play. Those same terms can be used to describe the current NFL All-Pro that Mixon tries to emulate. "I'm a hard hitter," Mixon said. "I'm like Ray Lewis."
The havoc that the Baltimore Ravens linebacker wreaks is noticeable every time he steps on the field. Mixon's former teammate (and future Wolverine) Mister Simpson indicated recently that the same can be said about his good friend. "Cobrani loves to hit," Simpson said. "I hope he goes up there to Michigan. Cobrani is real good. He is real fast and he is very physical. He's got the perfect frame for linebacker and I think he'll be really good in college. He'll get a lot of scholarship offers. I'm basically here to keep his head on track and let him know that Michigan is the place to go. I think he'd fit in really good at linebacker up at Michigan."
Despite the injury, a number of college programs are showing interest, including the Michigan Wolverines. Mixon made it up for the junior day in February and came away extremely impressed. Rumors surfaced recently that Michigan had extended a scholarship offer, but Mixon indicated that that hasn't happened quite yet. "I don't have an offer from Michigan yet," he said. "They said that they are going to offer, but I don't know when. The last time I spoke with them was a couple of days after junior day."
Four other schools are showing a great deal of interest, but Mixon is still waiting on offers from those programs as well. His decision timetable will become clearer once he receives them. "Minnesota, Alabama, Florida, and West Virginia are showing interest," Mixon said. "Minnesota might be offering soon. I don't know when I'll make my decision. I talk about these things with Mister a lot."
Simpson's advice has been pretty simple. "I keep telling him that he needs to be patient," he said. "I didn't get offered until Michigan's camp over the summer."
With the combine and camp season taking place over the next few months, the
same could happen for Mixon as well.