The Opening: Mixon Ready to Name Top 10

One of the top running backs in the country in the class of 2014 is Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon. GBW caught up with the five-star talent in Oregon to discuss his experience, the Wolverines, and plans to narrow it down.

BEAVERTON, Ore.—A five-star prospect and the fifth ranked running back in the country according to FOXSportsNEXT, 2014 Oakley (Calif.) Freedom’s Joe Mixon will be the first to question what four tailbacks are more talented than him across the nation.

Not shy or lacking in confidence, Mixon came to The Opening with a chip on his shoulder, ready to prove any doubters wrong. After excelling in the 1-on-1’s against linebackers, Mixon believes he passed the test.

“I was killing, like usual,” Mixon told GoBlueWolverine. “But there was a lot of good linebackers that I like but the No. 1 that I like was Raekwon McMillan. He’s a good dude.

“He was physical, bullied people around and he has some speed in coverage on you so I like that about him.”

Measuring in at 6-foot-1, 209-pounds during the SPARQ testing, Mixon brings a perfect blend of physicality and quickness to the running back position, showing off his pass catching skills in tournament play the final two days of camp.

“I try to bring it all,” said Mixon. “I can run, I can catch, and I’ve got a lot of cutting. I feel like I can do it all. I can change the game.

“I came out here to have fun, compete with the best of the best, and it’s been a fun time today.”

All the way out on the west coast, college coaches still managed to pepper Freedom high school with plenty of visits this past spring, including the University of Michigan.

Despite the early interest and communication with the Wolverines, Mixon says the Maize & Blue will be hard pressed to make it into his list of 10 finalists set to be announced in just two weeks.

“I really haven’t been in contact that much with Michigan,” he said. “The interest part, I don’t know if they’re going to be able to make my top 10 but I’m not sure right now.”

Not ready to release a long list of schools in the mix to make his top 10, Mixon said the University of Georgia is a lock.

“One school for sure that’s going to be up in there is Georgia,” Mixon said. “I know it’s a long way from home but I’ve got a good relationship with coach McClendon and we talk on the phone a lot. Like I said, we’ve got a good relationship and I want to go down there and take a trip down there.”

Mixon doesn’t have any unofficial visits set up for the rest of summer, instead looking at official visits during the fall.

With plenty to discuss and review prior to making a decision on his college destination, Mixon knows exactly what he’s looking for.

“Coming in as a true freshman and competing for a starting job,” he said.

To watch the full video interview with Mixon, press play below.

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