The Houston SaberCats have added Deion Mikesell for the remainder of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old wing is 6’0″ and 220 lbs.
Deion is from Runnells, Iowa and attended Southeast Park High School. He played football as an outside linebacker, was the 2015 Iowa Wrestling Runner-up in the State Tournament and played rugby sevens in the Iowa High School League.
Following his graduation from high school in 2015, he attended Lindenwood University from 2015 to 2018. He was an All-American and helped the team win the National Sevens and the Collegiate Rugby Championship titles in 2018. He also played rugby sevens for the Chicago Lions and the Ramblin Jesters.
Deion played with the USA Rugby Under-20s in 2016 and 2017 against Canada and for the Collegiate All Americans on tour to Queensland in 2016. He also played for the MCAA for the USA Faclonsin the Rugbytown7s in 2018.
In 2016 he made his debut with the USA Men’s National team against Uruguay on March 5 at Montevideo and is Eagle 490. His second appearance with the team was also in the Americas Rugby Championship against Brazil on February 11, 2017.
Deion signed a four-month contract with the Clermont Academy and following its conclusion joined the Houston SaberCats. He is a talented player, who should be an impact player right away.