West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas was a frequent stop for college recruiters hoping to secure the talents of Rivals250 prospects Kameron Miles and Eldridge Massington. However, once there they often found themselves watching defensive end Dimarya Mixon.
Over the spring and summer months the 6-3.5, 250-pound defender saw his offer list grow and his stock rise. Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Ole Miss, North Texas, Syracuse, Purdue, and Washington State each extended offers before he decided to give his pledge to the Sun Devils in May.
"I felt like I wanted to commit, and pretty much out of all my offers I liked them the best," Mixon said at the time of his decision. "I just thought they have a pretty good program and with the new coach coming in, Todd Graham, it's a big opportunity. They had a pretty alright season last year but I think they are going to do really good this year and then just go from there."
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This summer he was able to get a closer look at his future home in Tempe, Ariz.
"I went to one of their camps ... it might have been in July," Mixon said. "The coaches, me and coach (Paul) Randolph, the d-line coach, hit it off really well. I have fun just talking to him on the phone. We don't have to talk about football we can just talk about life. I met a lot of the players and saw a lot of the campus, and I loved it all while I was down there."
The Sun Devils impressed, but Mixon continued to see the interest from other schools pour in. A couple of weeks after committing, he picked up an offer from Oklahoma, and in June he impressed at an LSU camp. Missouri and Baylor also added their names to his offer list over the summer months.
Has the new attention caused him to have second thoughts?
"Right now I'm still 100-percent committed," Mixon said. "I just want to take my visits and look around and see if there's anything I would like or that would make me change my mind. But right now I'm still 100-percent committed."
Mixon will be busy taking official visits in September. First on the schedule is a trip to Oklahoma on Sept. 7.
"They have a pretty good program there, and I have a pretty good bond with the coaches," Mixon said. "I'm going to get down there and see what they're about ... get to see their facilities a little bit and meet some of the players."
On Sept. 21, Mixon will take his official visit to Arizona State with West Mesquite teammates Miles and Will Earley.
"I'm really excited about that one. I'll show some of my teammates how it is down in Arizona. I can't wait to get back down there," Mixon said. "Hopefully they like it when they get down there. You never know. Will, he's not committed yet and they might offer him when he goes down there."
The next visit on Mixon's schedule is to West Virginia on Sept. 28.
"It's pretty much the same thing (as the others)," Mixon said. "I like their program and some things they have going down there. I talk to coach [Keith] Patterson most of the time and he's a real cool guy. I can't wait to get down there and see the facilities and meet some of the players and the whole coaching staff."
In addition to his three visits already on the schedule, Mixon would also like to schedule a visit to Missouri and is leaving the final visit open for now.
Mixon says Arizona State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Missouri are his top schools, but he is clear that there is only one school currently at the top of his list.
"Arizona State," said Mixon.