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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
RB Mixon still open to everyone

By Erik McKinney

Holding more than 40 offers, running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) is arguably the most sought-after recruit in the West region. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound, four-star back is the top running back in the West and the No. 135 player in the country. His offer sheet has seemingly grown by the minute this spring, but he isn't in any hurry to narrow it down.

Despite tweeting out a list of 16 programs several weeks ago, Mixon said Sunday that he only did that to highlight the schools recruiting him the hardest, not anything to be taken as a group of finalists.

"I'm still talking to a lot of people," Mixon said. "The recruiting thing has been crazy the past couple of weeks. I've pretty much been taking it well. I talk to them before school, during lunch and after school. I'm not to the stressful part yet, but the hard part has been staying in contact with everybody."

Spring ball gets into full swing for Freedom in early May and Mixon expects it to be something of a circus on campus. Oregon and Oregon State visited on Monday, while Arizona was there on Tuesday.

"I know Florida and Texas A&M are coming again," he said. "Alabama, Oregon and Texas should be here next week."

Last weekend, Mixon had an opportunity to meet with coaches from UCLA and USC during unofficial visits to both schools.

"It was nice," Mixon said. "I got to talk to coach [Lane] Kiffin again at USC and coach [Jim] Mora at UCLA. Those are good guys."

Mixon said he can see both schools being there in the end when he does narrow down a final group. But he added that he is in no hurry to create that group.

"I'm going to wait it out for a minute," Mixon said.

He did add that he can see the 16 he mentioned, which includes Arkansas, California, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among others, staying in it for the long haul. As for what Mixon is looking for when he does make that decision, there are a few topics.

"[I look at] the coaches, depth chart, how many backs they have and the opportunity to come in and play as a true freshman," Mixon said.