Joe Mixon is a 5-star running back from northern California who recently narrowed his list to five schools, according to Scout.com. Mixon is a coveted recruit who could play at several different schools across the country.
At 6'2" and 195 pounds, Mixon has great straight-line speed and solid strength. He also flashes the skills to be a dynamic weapon as a receiver in the passing game. Mixon will have a tough decision to make, so he must weigh the pros and cons of each of his favorite schools.
Mixon could choose a local program who runs an offense that perfectly fits his skill set, or he may opt for a run-dominant Big Ten team. An SEC powerhouse is also lurking around.
The Ducks run a potent, high-scoring spread offense that operates at an up-tempo pace. Mixon would be able to stay out west, not venture too far from home and have his friends and family routinely see him play.
Oregon is always in the hunt for Pac-12 titles and Rose Bowls, boasts impressive facilities and its uniforms are the best in the country. Mixon's speed and receiving ability would make him a good fit in head coach Mark Helfrich's offense.
Playing time will not come easy. The Ducks have two talented running backs in Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall on the roster. Also, 2014 4-star commitment Royce Freeman is another talented runner the Ducks will have during Mixon's tenure.
Florida is one of the top programs in the mighty SEC. It is annually in the hunt for conference and national titles. The Gators always sign excellent recruiting classes, so Mixon would be surrounded by great talent.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease runs a pro-style attack, which would develop Mixon into a complete running back. Gainesville is a great college town, fans support the team with outstanding intensity and the weather isn't bad.
Also, Mixon is a great receiver out of the backfield. With his size and Florida's lack of firepower on the perimeter, he could get early playing time.
Kelvin Taylor and 5-star commitment Dalvin Cook are a pair of running backs who have exceptional talent. Mixon would have to fight for playing time, as he likely would not start for several seasons. Also, distance is a factor.
The Badgers are known for their ability to run the football at will on defenses. Wisconsin signs tough offensive linemen, develops them and watches them clear holes for any running back in the backfield, so Mixon could be a star in Madison.
Wisconsin has a solid local and regional fanbase, new coach Gary Andersen is well respected and a history of solid winning exists with the program.
Wisconsin isn't a sexy recruiting school, so it will not sign elite recruiting classes and surround Mixon with an abundance of 4- and 5-star recruits. It also is not close to the San Francisco area, where Mixon resides.
Oklahoma is one of the traditional powers of college football. It is a nationally respected program that wins a ton of games in the Big 12, contends for conference titles and is always in the hunt for a prominent bowl game.
The Sooners also run a spread offense, so Mixon's receiving skills would be on full display. Oklahoma has a large fanbase, recruits well and head coach Bob Stoops is one of the best in the business.
Norman is not exactly the first place a teenager thinks of when deciding where they want to live for the next several years of their life. The Sooners have also shown some vulnerability as of late.
Playing at California would keep Mixon right at home in his comfort zone. He would be in a familiar environment, be able to easily see his friends and family and play for a sleeping-giant Pac-12 program.
New head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin run a spread/air-raid offense, which would utilize Mixon as a runner and receiver. Early playing time could be available, the team has great fans, the weather is awesome, plus a degree from California is a valuable tool on a resume.
The Bears have not been an upper-echelon Pac-12 team for several seasons. Mixon could enjoy more winning at other programs on his list.
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