Team Alabama: Keith Mixon

Shades Valley star Keith Mixon has one more high school football game to play. As one of the standouts selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game, Mixon is eager to represent his home state and mix it up with some future teammates across the field on Team Mississippi.

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"It's a blessing to be here with all of those good guys," said Mixon. "Being able to accomplish this is a really big goal for me."

Mixon has lined up all over the field as a prep star at Shades Valley, but this week he is seeing most of his action as a receiver.

"I am playing slot receiver mostly," said Mixon. "I am real comfortable there and that's where I am going to be playing on the next level. They want to get my out in space with a linebacker and try to make him miss. I am going to be doing a lot of that and punt return and kick return at Mississippi State.

Mixon is one of a four Mississippi State verbals on Team Alabama, joining Justin Johnson of Hoover, Maurice Smitherman of Minor and Darryl Williams of Bessemer City High.

"It's been great being with those guys," said Mixon. "We're getting to know each other. It's good for us to see how each other plays and just being around each other.

"We're even trying to recruit some more guys. We're trying to get big Daron (Payne) and the Hoover boys. Everybody is just going back and forth with each other. It's a great experience."

The Bulldogs are headed to Miami for the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1941. Mixon believes that the Bulldogs can continue to aspire to great things in the future.

"It's real exciting," said Mixon. "They had a great season and almost made the playoffs. With them being #1 some this year, I got to talk a lot of noise at my school, so that was cool."

While other schools have tried to reach out and remain in contention, Mixon reports that he is not interesting in being recruited by other programs.

"I am going to be sticking with Mississippi State," said Mixon. "Coach Collins is a great man. He is really there for me. He called me last night as a matter of fact. He's real cool and real fun. I like everything about him and he's real laid back about everything. He never made me feel any pressure."

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