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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
2014 RB Mixon sets lofty goal

By Mason Kelley

Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) isn’t satisfied with being good.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound running back isn’t content with the seven offers he currently carries.

Joe Mixon
After an impressive showing at the U.S. Army All-American combine, Joe Mixon is seeing his recruitment pick up steam.
What would the junior be happy with?

“I want to be the No. 1 recruit for California,” Mixon said. “I want to be the No. 1 running back in the nation. I’m just hoping to be up near the top pretty soon.”

After participating in the U.S. Army All-American combine last weekend, the standout feels like he is well on his way to taking the next step as a college prospect.

“It went great,” Mixon said. “I blew it up. None of the linebackers could guard me. They couldn’t do anything.”

Mixon returned from his impressive performance in San Antonio to more good news, landing an offer from Utah earlier this week.

“The Utah offer was a big one to pick up,” he said. “I have been waiting on that one.”

With offers from half the Pac-12 and Michigan, things are starting to take off for Mixon, who said offers from UCLA and Clemson could be on their way soon.

With former Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas at Arkansas, the Razorbacks could jump into the race for running back. And Mixon is hoping to hear from Florida, among other schools, at some point.

“Things are going great,” Mixon said. “Everything is starting to heat up. I’m just waiting for more colleges to offer me. I’m still picking and choosing the ones, later on down the road, that I’m probably going to hit. I know there’s still a long way to go but, for right now, it’s been great.”

With the offers piling up, Mixon was asked if Washington, one of his earliest offers, would remain near the top of his list throughout the recruiting process.

“They’re for sure going to be in the mix,” said Mixon, whose Freedom teammate, senior receiver Darrell Daniels is currently committed to the Huskies’ 2013 class.

Mixon has lofty goals for his future. He plans to make sure he puts in the work now, so he can be successful in the future.

“Just keep tearing it up at combines and camps, just work hard every day, just achieve my goals and I know things will jump into place,” he said.