Mixon flips and goes with the Huskers

It was less than 24 hours upon arriving on campus at Nebraska that West Mesquite high school (TX) defensive end Dimarya Mixon "knew it was where he needed to be", parting ways with Missouri to give his verbal commitment to the Huskers.

"Nebraska's his dream school. It has been for a long time," said Mixon's uncle and father-like figure Horace Phillips - father of rising West Mesquite cornerback Bailey Phillips.

"They're a school I've always loved," Mixon added. "They're known."

"C'mon now, if you're a kid that grew up watching football, you know about Nebraska - you know about that 'Big Red.'," chuckled Phillips. "It's a big time program with so much history and tradition...once they came into the picture, it was hard to pass."

It was last Tuesday, to be exact, that head coach Bo Pelini and defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski made a stop at the high school to visit with the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder and lay down an offer. From there, the visit was quickly arranged.

"When I finished lunch with the coaches [Saturday], that's when I knew. I felt it was the right place for me. It was just the way they made me feel, like family. And they were not pressuring me to change my decision," Mixon explained. "On top of being my dream school, it just sold me. I knew."

Kaczenski played largely.

"I've been in contact with him since the spring… things kind of died down after I committed to Arizona State and Missouri. That's why I was excited when he came by last week."

Mixon noted that Pelini and Kaczenski are bringing him aboard as a defensive end, but have discussed a possible move to defensive tackle down the road, with more coaching and the right weight.

"They said there is not a lot of depth at 'end, so I could possibly see the field right away."

Once committed to Arizona State before flipping to Missouri, Mixon declared he is solidly committed and will be inking in Husker red come national signing day Wednesday.

"When it comes down to it, he's happy. That's it," said Phillips. "Dimarya feels it's the best fit, mom feels it's the best fit, I feel it's the best fit… The way it all happened, the way it all worked out, so late in the game and so quickly, it's a God thing. It's just a blessing."

Mixon is a three-star prospect and the No. 51 defensive end in the country according to FOX Sports NEXT.

"The most impressive thing about Mixon is his continued development and growth," said Greg Powers, FOX Sports NEXT National Recruiting Analyst. "I saw him last weekend and he looked like a different person than he did six months ago. You can tell he has already been putting in the work."

Mixon also had offers from schools like: Baylor, Oklahoma, Purdue, Kansas State, Mississippi, West Virginia, Washington State, and Colorado.

Nebraska now has 25 commitments in the 2013 class, with Mixon being their fourth defensive end. The commitment should put Nebraska No. 11 in the FOX Sports NEXT recruiting team rankings with just three days before National Signing Day.

*** Josh Harvey contributed to this report ***


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