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4-star OL Mix taking things slow

In recent weeks, Batesville (Miss.) South Panola has been Grand Central Station for college coaches.
"It is absolutely insane," said four-star South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix. "I've never seen anything like this. Every day, there's a different coach here. Every single day. Not a day has gone by that we didn't have any. Law week, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis were here."
Mix, a 6-feet-4, 318-pounder, is one of the players those coaches are stopping by to see.
"Right now, I think I'm sitting at 21 [offers]," he said.
The question is, does Mix have any leaders?
"Really, I'm just not into it right now," he said. "I'm just preparing for my senior year. I should [have his list of schools trimmed] by the time the state game rolls around. I'll get into it and figure out who the best fit is for me, and where I fit in."
A college selection could come in January, he said.
"I think I'm going to announce during the Army [All-American] Bowl," Mix said.
In the meantime, Mix is mapping out what should be a busy summer.
"I'm going to the [Rivals Five-Star Challenge] in Atlanta and the Nike Training Camp in Memphis," Mix said. "College wise, I'm going to camps at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama. I really want to go to Florida and check out one of their camps. And I want to get down to Georgia for one of theirs."
This spring, Mix, who is moving from tackle to guard in 2012, only visited in-state schools.
"I went to Mississippi State, and I'm always at Ole Miss," he said. "Those are the only two this spring. I'm planning on going to Southern Miss toward the end of this month or early next month.
Who is recruiting Mix the hardest?
"Mississippi State is really recruiting me hard," Mix said. "Southern Miss is recruiting me hard, and Ole Miss. Arkansas has really been recruiting me hard lately. Also Purdue, and I'd say Georgia."
According to Mix, he is not a lock to stay in Mississippi for college.
"I really don't even look at it being home," he said. "It's where I fit in best, who has got the best benefits for me and who is going to prepare me the most for life."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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