Wharton, N.J. (Oct. 19, 2012) – Deon Mix of South Panola East High School, Batesville, Miss., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Mix is currently rated as the No. 26 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, making him a three-star prospect.
Mix has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Mississippi State on National Letter of Intent Day.
Scout Eval: "South Panola has produced some very strong offensive lines over the years, but for the most part the Tigers' college football prospects have been of the skill position variety. Mix is the top offensive line prospect to come out of Batesville since John Jerry signed with Ole Miss before going on to the NFL. Mix has spent some time at tackle at certain points his career, but he will slide inside full time this fall for his senior season. On the college level, Mix is expected to man one of the guard positions as well." - Steve Robertson
“Deon is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at South Panola East High School,” said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Deon possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Mix was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Sergeant First Class Billy Sims, Deon Mix, and Staff Sergeant Quentin New
--Originally Published by Greg Powers--