Vols Jump On JUCO

From Dale Carter to Julian Battle to Gibril Wilson UT's success in recruiting and developing Junior College DBs has been well represented in the NFL, and now the Vols would like to add to that legacy with their pursuit of super safety prospect Terry Mixon.

A sophomore at Grossmont Junior College in California, Mixon posted a couple of outstanding season and was named to the 2005 and 2006 National Junior College All-American teams. He played at Domniguez High School in Compton, which is the same school where former Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett played.

As a freshman he recorded 90 solo tackles with three sacks. He also intercepted six passes and ran two of those back for touchdowns. He also returned a kick 90 yards for a score. This fall Mixon posted 60 solo stops with 30 assists. He forced three fumbles, recorded two sacks, broke up six passes and returned a kickoff the distance.

A classic big safety with wheels, Mixon checks in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and runs a rapid 4.45 time in the 40. His ability to shadow receivers, shed blockers and stop runners is like having an extra defender on the field. He would be an ideal fit for Tennessee, providing many of the same ingredients Jason Allen did before getting injured in his senior season.

Terry Mixon could become the type of impact player the Vols have needed on defense since Allen graduated. The only reason Big Orange fans haven't heard of this five-star talent before now is that he's been committed to Arizona State for months. He just recently decided to reexamine that pledge, following the firing of the Sun Devil football staff.

"It was just a verbal, nothing official, when I committed to them earlier," he told Scout.com's Yancey Porter. "I was going to wait until Feb. 7th to make up mind. But they had been with me since last year, so I went ahead and committed. But I will probably not go there now because I do not know their new coaches or know what they are looking for. The old staff had faith in me, and the new one will not know anything about me, nor will I know anything about them. Heck, they might want to play me at CB, and I am a safety."

Mixon, who is scheduled to graduate in May, has the speed and agility to play the corner as well as the size and strength to man the linebacker post. That impressive assortment of traits should make him an intimidator at safety and a perfect candidate to patrol a secondary in the rugged SEC.

Tennessee has emerged as a contender for his services, but Ole Miss has got the jump with an official visit scheduled for Jan. 5. Closer to home he is considering California, Syracuse and Washington with Arizona State remaining an outside possibility.

"Ole Miss has been by, but that is it so far," he said of coaches visiting. "I am sure some will be making there way over here pretty soon."

Some UT coach maybe already knocking on Mixon's front door.

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