Published Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm / Updated at 11:05 pm
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NU adding more depth along its defensive line

LINCOLN — Nebraska did a little more work Sunday on the re-stocking of its defensive line.

The Huskers got a commitment from Dimarya Mixon, a three-star defensive end from Mesquite, Texas, who previously was headed for Missouri.

Mixon now will be one of six defensive tackles or defensive ends to sign with the Huskers on signing day Wednesday.

“I'll be ready to play whenever they need me,” Mixon said. “I'm planning to contribute as soon as I can.”

Rivals.com ranks Mixon as the No. 16 strongside defensive end and the No. 46 prospect in Texas. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder is listed as a defensive tackle by 247Sports, which ranks him No. 37 at that position.

So is his future at end or tackle?

“I'm going to be an end,” Mixon said.

Nebraska already has commits from tackles Maliek Collins and Kevin Maurice as well as from ends Randy Gregory, A.J. Natter and Ernest Suttles. The Huskers lost three veterans from their defensive line — Cameron Meredith, Eric Martin and Baker Steinkuhler — and had depth issues specifically at tackle last season.

Mixon took an indirect route to becoming the 25th recruit for this Nebraska class.

The two-year starter for West Mesquite High was first committed to Arizona State from May until November. He was then on Missouri's list from Dec. 8 until this weekend.

The trip to Lincoln won him over.

“I liked a little bit of everything,” Mixon said. “I had a great connection with the coaches. I just loved everything overall. I loved the stadium. I thought it was an NFL stadium.”

Mixon also had interest from Oklahoma, West Virginia and several other schools.

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

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