One of the consensus 20 best players in the class of 2014, 5-star running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif.) has narrowed his college choices down to just three schools: Wisconsin, Oklahoma and UCLA.
Mixon, who will announce his final decision during the Army All-American Game on Jan. 4, declared his official top three via Twitter on Saturday night:
Ranked No. 18 on the 247Sports composite and No. 11 on the site's subjective rankings, Mixon (6'2'', 195 lbs) is a well-rounded and polished back. He lacks elite speed and explosiveness on the outside, but he's considered one of the safest prospects in the class—someone whose "basement" is higher than almost anyone else's.
Prior to announcing his top three (and even after it), Mixon has consistently been one of the toughest blue-chip prospects to peg this recruiting cycle. The top four that he announced earlier this month included Cal, and the Bears were predicted second behind Oklahoma on Mixon's most recent "Crystal Ball" projections at 247Sports.
Now they are gone from the race entirely.
Though hard to predict, whichever team is fortunate enough to land Mixon will get a massive boost to its recruiting class. All three programs could use it, too.
Here's a look at how each class would improve with Mixon, according to the 247Sports Class Calculator:
|Oklahoma, UCLA and Wisconsin Recruiting Classes, 2014|
|Team||Current Score||Current Rank||Score w/ Mixon||Rank w/ Mixon|
Of the contending trio, Oklahoma is the only team to already have a 4-star running back (or better) committed this cycle, per the 247Sports composite. The Sooners secured a commitment from Texas running back Samaje Perine back in March, so they don't need to land Mixon quite as much as the others.
Still, they wouldn't complain about getting him.