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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Scout's Take: Joe Mixon to Oklahoma

By Tom Luginbill

Two days after a huge win over Alabama, Oklahoma secured a huge recruiting victory, going into California to get Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), the nation's No. 9 running back.

What will Mixon bring to the Sooners' offense? Let's break it down:

What he brings: While Mixon lacks elite top end speed and elusiveness, he is a well-rounded back with good ball skills and the versatility to align in the slot and create some separation. Is a one-cut-and-go type of runner and can build up momentum once into the open field. Has shown flashes of good initial burst with the ability to get the corner on outside runs at times this week in San Antonio.

How he fits: Brings a lot of the same qualities that DeMarco Murray possessed. A tremendously skilled receiving back who has the size to also carry the full load between the tackles. Mixon and Keith Ford from last year’s class should make an impressive tandem for years to come. He’s the type of player around whom you can build an offense because he doesn’t have to come off the field in passing situations.

Reminds us of: Storm Johnson, UCF. Not only do Mixon and Johnson have similar measurable traits, they also possess very similar styles and are very much underrated in the passing game. Both display the power to push the pile inside and the burst and speed to get to the edge and turn the corner when bouncing plays to the outside. There is just enough wiggle to be a factor in the open field as well.

How the class is shaping up: OU’s group is very skill-heavy on the offensive side of the football with all six ESPN 300 commits playing either running back, quarterback, wide receiver or tight end. Mixon is now the Sooners’ top verbal.