247Sports Composite: 5-star (98.98)
With each of their top three rushers from 2013 leaving, the Sooners could use all the help they can get in the backfield.
Picking up running back Joe Mixon certainly helps.
The lone 5-star in Oklahoma’s class of 2014, expect the Oakley, Calif., native to step in and compete immediately. Although he will share time with former class of 2013 5-star running back Keith Ford, Mixon should still get his fair share of reps.
But what could ultimately win Mixon the job is his ability to contribute in the passing game as well.
“He has play making ability and size,” said running backs’ coach Cale Gundy, per SoonerSports.com. “He is a home run threat any time he touches the ball. The impressive thing about him is how dangerous he is running down the field catching the ball as a receiver.”
He posses great hands and handles the ball well. Mixed with his explosive running and speed, Mixon will remind a lot of Sooners fans of the days of Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray.
Barring injury, Mixon is a name the Big 12 will hear a lot of in 2014.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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