Published Sunday, February 3, 2013 AT 1:05 PM / Updated at 5:21 PM
Recruiting: Dimarya Mixon flips from Mizzou to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska doesn’t play old Big Eight foe Missouri in football these days — but it won two key recruiting battles in the last week, both for defensive linemen.

First, Husker commit Maliek Collins rebuffed a late offer to visit Mizzou. Then, Tiger commit and West Mesquite (Texas) defensive end Dimarya Mixon did choose to visit NU. On Saturday, he flipped his commit to the Huskers. He confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

“When I finished lunch with the coaches [Saturday], that’s when I knew,” Mixon told Fox Sports Next. “I felt it was the right place for me. It was just the way they made me feel, like family. And they were not pressuring me to change my decision. On top of being my dream school, it just sold me. I knew.”

The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder is rated a high three-star prospect by every major recruiting service, and confirms what Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski said in December: Nebraska is going to sign as many defensive linemen as is necessary to avoid the embarrassing situation that occurred in the Big Ten Championship, where undersized end Cameron Meredith was forced to play nose tackle and take on 600 pounds of double teams.

The Huskers have 25 commits for the class, and may be looking to add a couple more pledges.

Here are Mixon’s highlights.

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