Texas DE primed for official visit to Wazzu

HAVING GONE THROUGH the recruitment process before, three-star class of 2013 defensive end Dimarya Mixon said he knows what to expect. He originally signed with Nebraska in February but the 6-4, 263-pounder is now looking for a new home and has several suitors. This includes Washington State, where he'll begin his official visit this week. CF.C talked with Mixon about WSU, recruiting and more...

It's pretty hard to have visiting recruits in for a Thursday night game but the situation works out well in this case.

Coming out of West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas in the 2013 class, Mixon was one of the top defensive end prospects in the Midlands. He held double-digit offers and signed on the dotted line with the Cornhuskers last February, after having been verbally committed earlier to Missouri and Arizona State, the Cougs' Thursday night opponent.

But Mixon failed to qualify academically and never got to Lincoln. That academic issue has since been taken care of he said and his 2014 recruitment has picked up steam ever since.

Mixon said he holds offers from WSU, Boise State, Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri and Arizona State, while a few other schools are showing interest and trying to get to him to campus for an official visit.

He said he'll be in Pullman later tonight, though, and will watch the Cougs take on the Sun Devils on Halloween.

"Man, I'm pretty excited to get up there," Mixon said. "The coaches have kind of been hyping up the place for me, so I'm looking forward to seeing what Washington State is all about."

THE WSU COACHES he said he's been in the most contact with have been area recruiter Dennis Simmons and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. Both have been talking to him about what the Cougs' future looks like.

"The big thing at Washington State is the upside," Mixon said. "They're starting to get their guys into the program and they want me to be a part of it.

"The coaches told me they want me to come in as a defensive end and make plays. I'm not too small to sustain the run and I'm lanky as a pass rusher. I can do a little bit of everything and I feel like I have a great motor, which is needed at the next level."

Mixon has already taken a trip to Boise State and gave his visit two thumbs up. He went on to say that Boise State made a large impact on him, but that he's also looking forward to his other visits.

THE EDGE RUSHER will be in Pullman this week, then Tennessee on Nov. 9, followed by a possible trip to Auburn on Nov. 16. Mixon said that Auburn trip isn't set in stone, but he's "probably" headed there that weekend.

For his fifth and final official visit, Mixon said that he might head to Arizona State for their regular season finale against Arizona. Missouri is also in the hunt for his final visit.

"You know, after going through this whole recruiting thing the second time, things are a lot more clear for me this time around," Mixon said. "It's not all just about the flash and all the great facilities. I have to think about a place where I can be happy and feel comfortable for the next four years.

"A lot of schools have the same thing to offer. I'm not really looking for one thing in particular when it comes to picking a school. I just want to get that gut feeling and know where I belong."

MIXON SAID THAT he won't be making a decision until he takes all of his official visits. He added that he'll enroll with the school of his choice in January to be ready to participate in spring ball.

Although he hasn't been able to play this season, rust won't be an issue for him, Mixon said.

"Every day I'm working out with a personal trainer and we focus on a lot of stuff," Mixon said. "We're doing a lot of agility stuff and making sure my body is good to go. I can't wait to get to my school in January, too. I'll be ready to go."

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