Joe Mixon to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 5-Star RB Prospect

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2014

Joe Mixon, one of the top running backs in the class of 2014, has made his mind up on where he will play college football next year

Mixon will be attending Oklahoma, according to Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports:

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Mixon is regarded as a 5-star prospect. He grades out as the No. 18 overall talent in the country, the third-best player in the state of California and the top-ranked all-purpose back in his class.

Bob Stoops is fortunate to have added this crown jewel to his recruiting haul. Aside from Oklahoma, Mixon was reportedly giving serious consideration to Wisconsin, California and UCLA, and he had offers from many other powerhouse football schools.

Luckily for fans in Norman, the 6’2”, 195-pound back has decided to align his talents on the Sooners side.

Once Mixon gets on the field, it is hard to see a situation in which he doesn’t make an impact. This young man is tall, strong and powerful. He possesses great speed for his frame and can break away once he gets into the second level.

While Mixon sometimes struggles to bust through the smaller holes, he has proven his ability break tackles and juke defenders with ease in the open field.

This Freedom High School prospect from Oakley, Calif., is also a natural receiver. He has great hands and has no issues motioning out wide to run routes from the slot. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will have his hands full thinking of unique ways to get Mixon the ball.

Add in some top-notch blocking and great recognition in pass protection, and you are looking at one of the most versatile, skilled rushers in America.

Expect Mixon to play all three downs for Oklahoma and eventually become an integral part of the Sooners offense. He’s a star in the making and will soon be shining bright under the lights of Gaylord Stadium on Saturdays.