Joe Mixon is a 5-star running back from California with a good skill set. The 6'2", 195-pounder has good strength to run between the tackles, while showing enough quickness to get to the edges.
Mixon has good speed and athleticism, which he also uses after catching passes. His great talent has made him a coveted player on the recruiting trail, but Mixon has narrowed his list. Oklahoma, Wisconsin and UCLA all have a solid shot at signing him, says 247Sports.
However, Mixon will spurn the Sooners, Badgers and Bruins for California for seven reasons.
California resides in Berkeley, which is a gorgeous part of the Golden State. Only about 30 minutes from San Francisco, the campus sits close to one of the best cities in the world.
Cal's campus is simply beautiful, plus there is much to do outside of focusing on your craft. Mixon surely wouldn't be bored in Berkeley.
California's coaching staff has done a great job of building a solid relationship with Mixon. He noted his high comfort level with the Bears' coaches to Brandon Huffman of Scout.com in September (subscription required).
Things between Mixon and head coach Sonny Dykes and running backs coach Pierre Ingram are easy and comfortable. That's a huge plus for California in its effort to sign the talented running back.
Receiver Bryce Treggs hosted Mixon during his official visit to Cal in September, according to Brandon Huffman of Scout.com (subscription required).
Mixon stated the best part of the visit was not the food, watching the game or meeting with the coaches, but just kicking back with California's players.
Among the reasons why Cal is a good choice for any recruit is the great academics the university offers. The school prides itself on having student-athletes, as it stresses the importance of excelling in the classroom.
Mixon told Brandon Huffman of Scout.com (subscription required) that the Bears' academic staff made it clear to him that they want him to get a degree.
Although the Bears will return running backs Khalfani Muhammad, Brendan Bigelow, Jeffrey Coprich and Daniel Lasco next season, Mixon still will likely play as a true freshman.
By signing with California, he would add more size to the Bears' offensive backfield, while also becoming one of the fastest players on the team.
Mixon will face competition wherever he goes, but he'd likely be Cal's best running back the minute he signs his national letter of intent.
Head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin run a spread offense with a sophisticated passing attack.
Most running backs would be turned off by Cal's scheme, but Mixon is a perfect fit for it.
With his speed and hands, he would be highly productive as a runner and receiver in Berkeley. Franklin would find ways to get Mixon the ball in space, while also having the running back restore a bit more balance to the Bears offense.
Mixon is from Oakley, which is less than an hour from California's campus in Berkeley. He would be right at home at Cal, as signing with the Bears would allow him to stay in a familiar and comfortable environment.
Mixon would be able to go to college, while still being close to his family and friends. There wouldn't be a lot of change for him if he signed with California.
Mixon is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!