Oakley (CA) Freedom RB, Joe Mixon was among the stars at last week’s Army All American combine. The Golden State standout checked in at a stout 6-1, 202 lbs., ran a 4.68 forty (electronic), and vertical jumped 33 inches. It was a performance that mirrored his outstanding showing on the gridiron last season.
“The season went real good,” said Mixon. “We went 9-3 and we lost in the second round of playoffs. As an individual I had 32 touchdowns, I rushed for 1,500, and I had about seven or eight receiving touchdowns. I had a punt return to the house and an interception to the house. Pretty much, I basically did (it all). "
“I can catch out of the backfield. Even as a receiver, I can catch. I’m a good runner on the field. Pretty much I can do everything… basically like Adrian Peterson. That’s how I put it.”
By year’s end Mixon offer sheet began reflecting college coaches agreeing with that self-assessment. Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, Cal, Arizona State, and Michigan had all joined the scholarship fold before his stellar turn at the combine. The Wolverines are the most recent addition to the list, having jumped into the mix early last month after looking back over the talented youngster’s junior film.
“I really got noticed by Michigan from Darrell Daniels last year. They were recruiting him. Then (Freedom high) Coach Hartwig talked to Coach Ferrigno about me. He said he was going to come back and see me this year. He just knew how I was doing in the season, so (last month) he was just like ‘you have a full ride scholarship to Michigan’, and I was just happy.”
“My mom, when I got the offer she just cried a little bit. She was proud of me, and I was proud of myself for making her happy. That’s all I want to do.”
While Michigan clearly stands out as the most distant of Mixon’s offers, he is not unfamiliar with the Maize & Blue. He also isn’t intimidated by the school’s location.
“I pretty much knew about Michigan because of Shoelace, and then the team was real good… so that’s pretty much how I knew about Michigan,” he explained. “And basically, going away from home doesn’t make a difference as long as I can have a chance to start as a true freshman. I want to come in as a true freshman and do some work, and education of course. That’s pretty much going to be the main parts.”
“Distance from home really doesn’t make a difference. As long as I have a full ride and they’re paying for school, it really doesn’t make a difference.”
With Mixon’s offer list set to balloon with schools both near and far, he is content to take his recruitment slow so he can thoroughly evaluate every school that come his way.
“I really don’t have a top group right now,” Mixon Stated. “I’m going to get a lot of offers probably in January after the dead period, so I’m just going to wait out senior year and weigh my options and do what’s best for me.”
“I think I’m going to wait it out until senior year (to make a decision). Just weigh out all my options, probably get it down to five, then hopefully three, then probably one day I’m going to pick up a hat.”
Maybe even during one of next year’s All American games.