Mizzell’s Offseason Success Continues

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Whether it’s in the form of a new offer or a new achievement, the talent of Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) junior tailback Taquan Mizzell has been recognized quite often this offseason.  Just last week he scored an offer from West Virginia, and this week the 5’11”, 185-pound standout learned that he has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell

Sandwiched in between those two accomplishments was a trek to Richmond, Virginia, for last Saturday’s VTO Sports Combine in Richmond.  Mizzell left with MVP honors at the running back position.

“It built my confidence a lot.  I was a little confident going into it.  I felt I had a lot to prove since everybody kept saying another running back in the state (Hermitage star Derrick Green) is higher than me,” Mizzell said of his performance on Saturday.

With 17 scholarship offers in the fold, Mizzell doesn’t have much to prove on the recruiting front.  That doesn’t stop him from wanting to match his talents against other top prospects.

“I just like to compete,” Mizzell said when asked why he decided to compete in the VTO Sports Combine event.

He later added:  “I’ve always had a lot to prove.  Everybody wants to stereotype.  Either I’m too small or this or that.  People tell me I’ve gotten bigger, but I have also been working on my speed.  I feel like I’ve gotten stronger and faster (in the offseason).”

Mizzell is also competing with other 757 talent in the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 circuit.  The Virginia team went to Atlanta (GA) in early March and is set to go to Pittsburgh (PA) on April 21 for the next competition.

“The competition was great there,” Mizzell said, referring to the competition in Georgia.  “We did pretty good.  The first day I did okay, but the