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HuskyNation Mailbag: Nov. 9

11/9/2012

For Joe Mixon, it was already a big night. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound running back (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) landed the offer he had been waiting for when Washington invited him to become part of the Huskies’ program.

Then, before his night ended, the excitement continued. Colorado offered him a scholarship. Then it was Cal’s turn.

The junior finished with three scholarship offers Thursday, bringing his total to four.

Throughout the evening, Mixon retweeted stories and notes of congratulations from friends and teammates. As he navigates the recruiting process, he will become one of California’s top recruits.

Expect the offers to keep coming.

But, while there are, and will be, plenty of programs vying for Mixon’s services, the Huskies seem to have the inside track right now. It certainly helps that friend and teammate Darrell Daniels, a senior receiver, is currently committed to Washington.

Mixon has raved about the Huskies throughout his junior season. That was the offer he wanted. Washington should be the team to beat.

As Mixon soaks in his scholarship offers and prepares to take the field against Berkeley (Calif.) in a playoff game Saturday, it is time to tackle the mailbag.

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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:

@JayDavis44 via Twitter: How do you think the recruiting trail is being affected by the play of the Pac-12? UW and UCLA making a big push?

A: I talked about this in a story not all that long ago, taking a look at the growing recruiting battle between the Huskies and Bruins. Now that the season is heading into the final few weeks of Pac-12 play, the two teams continue to make noise both on the field and through recruiting.

Washington’s wins over top-10 teams have impressed prospects, while UCLA’s winning ways have had an impact as well. While I don’t expect the success of both programs to impact the recruiting classes of either USC or Oregon, the Huskies and Bruins have certainly helped their cause with the way their seasons are unfolding down the stretch.

@CaseyKnopik via Twitter: Will the #UWHuskies be wearing the black uniforms Saturday? ’Cause they play like a different team in those.

A: With two wins over top 10 teams in those black uniforms, you would be correct to say they have played like a different team in games featuring that combination. However, I’m not sure what uniforms the Huskies plan to wear this week against Utah.

@JayDavis44 via Twitter: Where does UW stand with Brayden Kearsley, Duarte, Mathis and any top 10 DBs? Kearsley a legit talent? Four stars?

A: Of the three players you mentioned, I have recently talked to offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley (Aloha, Ore./Aloha), who is planning on taking a visit to Washington in December. He is currently a soft commit to BYU, but it sounds like Oregon State is the likely favorite right now.

Washington is right there in the mix. He would prefer to play close to home and Seattle is within reach as far as allowing his family to watch him play.

The four-star recruit has the size -- 6-foot-5, 270 pounds -- and mean streak that would make him a great fit for Washington. He would be a big pickup for the Huskies.

As far as the other two players you mentioned, tight end Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland), I don’t have an update on either player at the moment.

Nate, Seattle: With the end of the season looming and the Pac 12 North looking like the superior conference division, how do you see the a bowl scenario shaking out for the Huskies? UCLA plays SC, Oregon State plays Stanford AND Oregon. Where do the Huskies land?

A: I have to defer to my friends at the Pac-12 Blog on this one. In this week’s Pac-12 bowl projections Kevin Gemmell has the Huskies headed to the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl where they would play Navy.