VERBAL COMMIT: 5-star DB goes crimson

TO SAY WASHINGTON STATE'S recruiting momentum is gaining steam here in the final stretch drive before February's Letter of Intent Day would be an understatement. The Cougs this weekend picked up a verbal commitment from a 5-star defensive back and two time junior college All-American who will compete for immediate playing time in the Wazzu secondary.

Five star defensive back prospect Terry Mixon is headed to Washington State.

"I'm going with Washington State for sure, 100, 150, 200 percent," said Mixon (6-2, 200, 4.4) "That's the best decision for me and my family. I just had a great feeling as soon as I got there. And the head coach, coach (Bill) Doba, and also coach (George) Yarno, they also just came by and visited with me and my grandma, and I'm ready to go."

Named a junior college All-American the past two seasons at Grossmont, Mixon in 2006 was first team all conference and three times earned Player of the Week honors, including a game where he racked up 10 tackles and another where he picked off two INTs, logged five tackles and for good measure returned two kickoff returns for scores, taking them back 93 and 92 yards to the house.

MIXON EARLIER THIS recruiting season had appeared headed to ASU and then to Cal but he said his recruitment is now over with, and he's Palouse bound. He is likely to get his first look at strong safety at Wazzu with the graduation of All Pac-10 strong safety Eric Frampton, the Cougs leading tackler the past two seasons, but Mixon could also line up at free, and possibly even elsewhere in the defensive backfield.

"I might play a little free safety, too, they said I'm good against the run and good against the pass and I can play free and mix it up. So it's either strong or free safety but they might throw a little corner in too -- whatever it takes to win." said Mixon.

"I told the coaches I was done with this, with trips. A lot of schools are still trying to get me to trip and trying to peer pressure me a little but I'm done. I've already de-committed to Cal and then I de-committed to ASU and I'm sticking with WSU and what I really feel in my gut," said Mixon.

COMPLETE OFFICIAL STATS were unavailable from Grossmont's site but Mixon shed some insight on what kind of a junior college career he crafted.

"My freshman year was actually better than my sophomore year, but my sophomore year I had 115 tackles, I was in on just about every play," said Mixon. "And then I had six interceptions, four sacks, three kickoff returns for touchdowns, and I had like 17 bat downs. In two years of playing for Grossmont, I never had a touchdown scored on me. I caused four fumbles and I had three fumble recoveries.

"But my freshman year was way better, I had about 120-some tackles and eight interceptions, a couple of interception returns for touchdowns. I didn't have any interception returns for touchdowns this year, they kind of stopped throwing at me."

IN ADDITION TO his skills on the field, Mixon said the Cougar coaches told him they like what he brings to the program from a locker room and leadership perspective.

"I've been a captain all my life and I've been playing since I was eight," said Mixon. "I really liked that they were really straight up with me, really honest about things. The coaches told me I'm going to have to work hard and I like that, that you have to earn it. I want to come in and earn it, show my work ethic and get it done because nothing but good things will happen when it's like that."

Mixon is scheduled to receive his AA degree in May. He said he'll head to Pullman shortly after graduation, enroll in summer session classes and join the team for the voluntary summer workouts. He will have three to play two for the Cougars.

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Two-time junior college All-American and 5-star prospect Terry Mixon is headed to Washington State

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