Gaining respect in football must be done by doing it on the field -- there is no other way around it. For Joe Mixon that is how he is gaining respect, and he feels there is still more work to do.
"I feel underrated, that I don't get the respect I deserve," he told GoBlueWolverine. "When I went down to the Army Combine everyone was talking about all these other running backs, but by the end they were talking about me. That's because of my hard work and nothing being given to me. I went down to there and played hard and worked hard and blew up. That was against the nation's best. Hard work pays off, and that is what I am all about."
With that type of chip on his shoulder it is not a surprise that he has well over 30 offers and more on the way -- all because of his work ethic. Michigan is one of those 30 offers and they are certainly a team that Mixon is watching.
"I spoke with Coach Ferrigno and the conversation went well," Mixon said. "He talked with me about the environment, academics, the coaches and the pro-set offense they run. I also spoke with Coach Jackson. He said that he watched my film and he likes how I catch the ball out of the backfield, how I break tackles, and my combination of speed, power and balance. Michigan is recruiting me hard. They are a good football program and I would like to visit to find out a little more about them."
Joe Mixon wants to make sure that he uses football in way so that he will be better prepared to not only help his family but also for life after football.
"Education is very important to me. Football is something that I do but I want to make sure that just in case football does not work out I can fall back on my degree. I like business management at a school with solid academics and a good graduation rate for their players. I want what will be best for me and my family. I need to have a good coaching staff that I can have a close relationship with."
As was mentioned earlier, Joe has over 30 offers. But with all the attention that he is receiving and the phone calls he is answering, don't expect him to get on a high horse. In fact we should expect the opposite from Joe.
"I come to practice and work hard. I am very hungry about what I am trying to do. I still have a lot to prove to continue to get respect."
Joe Mixon has something to prove
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