Repeating as champions is a tall task for any team to accomplish, regardless of sport and regardless of the level of play. Cincinnati Colerain marched to an undefeated - state title winning season last year, and came into this season looking to do the same. Thus far, Michigan linebacker commitment Cobrani Mixon and the rest of the Cardinals have continued their winning ways and have weathered through the 2005 schedule almost unscathed. Their only blemish was a tough 7-0 defeat at the hands of first place St. Xavier in the first game of the year. "The season is going good," Mixon said. "I don't know what my stats are exactly, but I have quite a few tackles. We're 6-1. We lost to the first place team, but we can beat them."
After Colerain's 62-7 victory over Sycamore High Friday evening, Mixon and a few teammates hopped in a car the next day to make it up to Ann Arbor for Michigan's battle with the Golden Gophers. Fellow Cardinals Eugene Clifford and Terrence Sherrer each enjoyed the contest, but they did so for far different reasons. "Eugene liked it," Mixon said of the junior safety prospect. "They already offered him a scholarship. Terrance already committed to Minnesota that's why I took him up there. I know he liked it!"
Despite the outcome of the game, Mixon indicated his time was still enjoyable as well. The Wolverines' struggles so far have prompted other teams to maintain his recruitment. Still, the 6-2, 225-pounder insists their efforts are in vain. "I liked it up there," Mixon said of Saturday's visit to Ann Arbor. "It was crazy. I still feel the same about Michigan. There's nothing that will change my mind. Other schools still call and send letters, but I'm going to Michigan."
Mixon's affection for Maize and Blue has been longstanding. That said, early in the spring he did begin to question whether he would end up wearing the winged helmet. The lack of an offer at that point had him looking seriously at other schools. One of the people that advised him to stay patient with the Wolverines was current Michigan tailback and former Colerain teammate, Mister Simpson. Ironically, there have been rumors that Simpson, (who appears to be redshirting), may be planning to transfer at season's end. That, however, is not the case according to Mixon. "I had to leave right after the game so I didn't get a chance to spend much time with Mister or the other players, but I think he likes it and is enjoying it," Mixon said. "Everyone keeps saying that he might transfer, but until he tells me that himself, I won't believe it."