When the vast majority of recruits targeted by Washington trim their list down to a certain number of schools, it’s usually not something I feel the need to pass on in the form of a post. Normally a simple retweet will do. But Class of 2014 recruit Joe Mixon is a special player.
Not only is he a five-star 6’2″ 210-pound running back who has blown coaches and scouts away in-game at Freedom High in Oakley, California (same school as Washington freshman wide receiver Darrell Daniels) and at big-time events like Nike’s The Opening. He is also one of a handful of recruits that, based on a combination of on-field prowess and an open attitude towards the recruiting process, has managed to amass a truly ridiculous number of scholarship offers. As in 47 offers, according to Rivals.
That context is very important in understanding why you should bother caring about a high school kid trimming his list down to ten universities. Just about every school in the nation wants Mixon, and Washington is considered one of the favorites.
At the very least, they’re in the top-10 alongside Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Oregon State, though he did wait until all nine of those schools were named until putting Washington’s name out there (don’t worry, he stated that the names would come in no particular order).
I won’t pretend to know where Mixon will end up. Recruiting is crazy and it seems to get crazier every year, so even if he gave his verbal to Washington tomorrow it would have to be taken with a grain of salt. He has tons of official visits to take, a full season of high school football to play, and a lot of thinking to do. That being said, if Mixon does sign a National Letter of Intent with the Huskies in February he will certainly be the most hyped UW recruit since Shaq Thompson.