Wisconsin Joins the Mixon Sweepstakes

Looking to take at least one standout tailback every season, the University of Wisconsin targeted another highly-regarded runner Sunday after offering Oakley (CA.) Freedom junior Joe Mixon.

MADISON - The Golden State is constantly producing top talent and has made another top recruit in Oakley (CA.) Freedom junior running back Joe Mixon. The do-it-all back in Mixon had a standout season after rushing for 1,500 yards and finding the endzone 30 times during the season.

"My season went good," Mixon told Badger Nation. "The team did good and we went to the second round of the playoffs, but we lost. Overall, I thought it went well and was a good ride. I also thought my whole game improved from this season."

The 6-2, 208-pound Mixon – an early three-star recruit ranked the No. 20 best running back according to Scout.com - has seen his excellent year rollover into his recruitment with landing offers from some of the top programs like Michigan, Utah, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Washington, Boise State, Oklahoma among many others. Wisconsin joined the fray Sunday by when defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a offering Mixon over the phone.

"This week I have received like 10 offers and (Sunday) I got Wisconsin and Arkansas," said Mixon. "It has been kind of crazy I would say. With the Wisconsin offer, I actually called Coach Kauha'aha'a and I guess he was expecting my call because when I called him I had an offer. It is a good offer to pick up and I am glad I got the opportunity to possibly play at Wisconsin.

"The history of winning games and going to bowl games all the time. You got to know Montee Ball when you talk about Wisconsin and the running attack they have. My high school team does it all, so I can fit in whatever offense. I know all that about the Badgers and got to know a little more from Coach Kauha'aha'a. Coach Kauha'aha'a seemed like a real cool, cool guy over the phone. I really want to get to know him and start a good relationship with him, too."

Mixon plans to take all five official visits and possibly announce his final decision at the Army All-American Game.

"I play the game and compare my game to Adrian Peterson," said Mixon. "We are both the same type of backs. We have the exact same running style. Both of us are big, fast, can catch, block, can make people miss or hand out the punishment, so I can do it all like he does."

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