Well, it’s about that time again. It was only a few weeks ago that Joe Mixon counted off his Top Ten schools, trimming down from a list of 25 schools which was previously trimmed down from a total of over 50 scholarship offers. If you remember, that time he made Husky fans sweat by announcing Washington last out of the ten schools. This time it was the same way, as the top five schools were announced in the following order: University of Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and then a long waiting period. Unfortunately, after about fifteen minutes, the fifth school was announced as the University of Oregon.
Mixon is a five-star running back and perhaps the most highly coveted recruit on the West Coast. He stands 6’2″ and weighs 207 pounds, and he plays for Freedom High School in Oakley, California. Freedom High is also the alma mater of current Washington freshman wide receiver Darrell Daniels, perhaps one of the reasons that UW made it so far in Mixon’s recruiting process.
Even now that the list is trimmed and Washington is eliminated, I won’t even try to guess where he’ll end up. He may want to stay on the West Coast. Involving home-town Cal, and even going so far as to cancel an official visit to Texas A&M in order to officially visit the Golden Bears, certainly indicates that he’s considering it. Oregon is clearly making progress with this addition. But the inclusion of distant national powerhouses at the running back position like Wisconsin and Oklahoma clearly show that he isn’t afraid to travel.
It could be quite some time before Mixon’s future college is known, though now that the Huskies won’t be a part of that future, Husky fans may not care.