MIXON: He's itching to answer the question

TERRY MIXON, THE 5-STAR defensive back who is headed to Washington State, talks like he plays. He's enthusiastic. He's high energy. He even uses sound effects for dramatic emphasis. Less than four weeks away from earning his AA degree, the two-time JC All-American says he'll be motoring north the very moment his biology final is done. And he'll be bringing a head-turning forecast with him.

Just before concluding Thursday's interview, Mixon was asked if there was anything else he'd like to talk about.

"You could ask me if we're going to win a championship?" Mixon offered.

So Terry, are you planning on winning a Pac-10 championship at Washington State?

"Hey, we've got to win it! I want to win it all. I want to beat everybody. That's my goal. I want to win another ring," said Mixon.

In Mixon's first season at Grossmont College just outside San Diego, the team won the state championship and was named the JC Grid-Wire junior college national champion.

This season, he is expected to contribute immediately in the Cougar secondary.

Earlier this week, CF.C reported Grossmont's academic office said Mixon was "doing great" in his lone remaining course this summer before receiving his AA degree. Mixon also added on Thursday he'll be wasting no time in getting out to the Palouse after he finishes up in July. Fall camp at Washington State begins August 3, but Mixon has a different arrival date in mind.

"As soon as I complete this class, I'm headed up there. On that day, on the 19th, I'm going to Washington State. As soon as I'm done with my final, Whoosh! Here I come."

The twice named JC All-American and first team all-league selection, Mixon logged over 200 tackles during a storied junior college career, grabbing 14 interceptions, racking up untold pass breakups and for good measure, mixing in a few interception and kickoff returns for scores.

Bill Doba has said he thinks he's Mixon (6-1, 195, 4.5) is more a safety but has left open the possibility the Cougs could also take a look at him at cornerback if need be. The two positions, safety and corner, are not all that similar -- it's a rare player who has the requisite hips and skills to play either/or. Mixon, by all accounts, however, is that kind of defensive back.

"I like both positions," said Mixon. "At corner, it's more one-on-one and I can relax a little bit while safety is really good because I get to come up and hit. But it really doesn't matter, I'll come up and hit from both of them. I just want to help the team and wherever they feel I can help the team win, that's what I want to do."

In two years at Grossmont, Mixon points out he never had a touchdown scored on him. WSU area recruiting coach George Yarno, Mixon said, has been staying in close touch since he signed with the Cougs back in February.

"I just got off the phone with coach Yarno recently," said Mixon. "He seems a little excited, (laugh), like me."

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NOTABLE NOTE:
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  • For a pair of Mixon highlights from eastcountysports.com, click here and here.


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