Mixon to Turn Page on Career in N-S Classic

Cincinnati Colerain linebacker Cobrani Mixon is looking forward to Saturday's Ohio North-South Classic at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Michigan commit will be making his way to Ann Arbor in the days following the game.

Cobrani Mixon, a Michigan signee, will take the field for the last time alongside his two Colerain teammates (and Ohio State signees), offensive lineman Connor Smith and linebacker Tyler Moeller.

"It will be fun playing with those guys one more time," he said. "This will be the last time we're on the same team together forever, probably, but it will be a good experience."

The game pits two teams of Ohio's 34 best players from the North and the South.

"I am really excited to play in this game," Mixon said. "I know there is a lot of talent on both sides here and I know it will be a big challenge for me."

Of course, once this game is over, Mixon will be able to turn the page and start thinking about his career at Michigan.

"I go up there the 24th for good," Mixon said. "I'll be up there until the end of July. Then, I'll come home for a week and then I'll be staying for good."

The 6-2, 227-pound Mixon is optimistic he can make some inroads as a true freshman at UM.

"I feel like I have a chance to go in there and do something," he said. "I'm working hard to try and get bigger and faster and stronger. I just want to prepare myself. I'm just going to go in, do the best I can and let everything else take care of itself.

"I think we can have a pretty good team this year. We have a lot of guys coming back, so I think we can be stronger than we were last year."

Michigan has shuffled its coaching staff since the end of last season. Accordingly, Mixon will be playing for a new linebackers coach in veteran NFL assistant Steve Szabo.

"I have a new linebackers coach," Mixon said. "He is a good coach. He has that experience and I look forward to playing for him."

Mixon is one of two Michigan signees in the North-South Classic. The other is Salem kicker Bryan Wright on the North squad.

About The Classic

This will be the 61st annual Ohio North-South Classic, making it the longest running high school football all-star game in the nation.

Twelve players in the game have received Big Ten scholarships, while at least 41 of the 68 players in the game will play Division I football beginning this fall.

John Magistro of Bellaire coaches the South, while Vic Whiting of Canal Fulton Northwest coaches the North.

Players and coaches from each side are practicing each day this week at Otterbein College. They will also make a variety of public appearances, including visits to Children's Hospital, Columbus City Council and a Columbus Clippers baseball game.

Tickets for the game are $10. They are available by calling Crew Stadium at (614) 447-CREW or by going to the stadium box office on game day.

The game will be televised on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Net Ohio. It is set to air Thu., June 22, at 8 p.m. on FSN Ohio. It will also be broadcast live by WCLT-FM (100.3) of Newark and on the Internet at www.broadcastmonsters.com

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