The Western Michigan wide receivers group from last year since the end of last season saw:
- D’Wayne Eskridge moves to cornerback
- Cortez Lewis enter the team as a graduate transfer from Wake Forest,
- Keishawn Watson transfer to Appalachain State,
- Jayden Reed transfer to Michigan State,
- and Cortez Lewis transfer from WMU.
Keith Mixon’s a fifth-year guy from Birmingham, Ala., and had a three-star rating out of high school. With his then-recruiting composite score of 0.8593 on 247sports’ website, Mixon would’ve been the second-highest rated recruit in the 2015 class at WMU.
WMU’s 2015 signing class and composite scores via 247sports.com
- Justin Tranquill, 0.8704
- Wesley French, 0.8429
- LeVante Bellamy, 0.8395
- John Keenoy, 0.8305
- Kadeem Goulbourne, 0.8300
The other important bit of news that student reporter Seth Berry tweeted out is that DT Wesley French is out for the year, as is WR and incoming freshman Damari Roberson are both out for the year with injuries.
WMU already has Jaylen Hall projected as its starting X receiver, Tyron Arnett in the slot, and DaShon Bussell at the Z. Roberson was Hall’s backup, but the two-deep that was prepared for media day shows that the other two positions are still healthy, but Arnett’s the only one with any college receiver experience. He caught four passes last year.
There’s not much of a track record on Mixon outside of the praise about his speed. Mississippi State’s online bio on Mixon says he’s an “all-purpose threat” that plays the slot and can return punts and kicks. His nickname is “Pocket Rocket” because he was so fast. Also, he broke his foot two years ago.
WMU aims to find where and why and how much Mixon fits on its offense and special teams this season. Also immediately, this blog will try to find a better nickname for Mixon.