Mixon gives high marks for Wisconsin trip

Although were only mid-way through October, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon has already taken four of his official visits and was in Wisconsin over the weekend.

Big time running back Joe Mixon is wasting no time in cranking out his official visits. He has already been to California, Oklahoma, Washington and was in Madison last weekend to check out Wisconsin.

"The stadium was incredible and I loved the people there," Mixon said. "Those were the two biggest highlights for me. It wasn't just the football people, I loved meeting the regular students, the teachers, just everyone at the school was incredible and treated me great.

"I have a teacher at my school who went to Wisconsin and was trying to tell me about it but it was even better than described. Madison is a great city, a college town with a great fan base that loves football. The stadium was beautiful and the fan support there was like nothing I've ever seen."

Mixon was hosted by Badger running back Melvin Gordon and two hit it off very well.

"He's a great guy," Mixon said. "We didn't even talk that much about football but when we did, we talked about what a great one-two punch we could be. He's a big, powerful guy and a great player and I would definitely love to play and learn from someone like him.

"I talked a lot with coach Hammock, the RB coach and he showed me how I would fit in with that offense. Everyone knows Wisconsin loves to run the football and that would obviously fit me very well. Just looking at the size of all the offensive lineman they have, shoot even the quarterback is huge, I know I could do some big things there for sure."

Mixon said the Badgers definitely moved up his list following the visit but just how high are they on his leader board now?

"You can say Wisconsin and Oklahoma are my co-leaders," Mixon said. "I really like both of those schools a lot. Wisconsin runs the ball more but the atmosphere and environment at both places was about the same. There were no negatives with either school and that's why they're both so high on my list right now. They'll both be in it until the very end.

"My last visit will be to either UCLA or Arizona State. I've already been to UCLA once but I didn't get to see much of the campus so I want to check them out a little closer. ASU is winning and they're looking very good, that's how they popped up on my list. I've been real impressed with them this year so I need to give them a call and see what's up. They're both close enough where I can easily take an unofficial visit to whatever school I don't visit officially and that's what I'm planning to do."

Mixon said he still plans to make his decision at the Army All-American game in January.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
Twitter | E-Mail |

Scout Football Top Stories