Mixon nearing second cut of schools
One of the top running backs in the 2014 class, Joe Mixon of Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, plans to trim his current list of 16 schools down to 10 in the very near future. "I am going to trim down my list very soon," Mixon said. "It will probably be within the next week or so, and I will come out with a top 10." Mixon said he wasn't ready to preview which schools would be included in the cut, but he remains in frequent contact with the Irish. "I talk with [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Mike) Denbrock once or twice a week," Mixon said. "He just tells me that I'm their guy. I'm at the top of their board and they want me." "Notre Dame uses their running backs a lot and they have a lot of success in their offense," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back added. "Their academics are really good, and there's no way you can go wrong with the mix of school and football that they offer." When Mixon goes from 16 to 10, he'll consider a number of factors. "I will look at how hard a school is recruiting me, but I will also look at academics and how much support I will receive in different areas of life if I go to that school," Mixon said. Mixon already has one official visit planned and that is to Oklahoma on Oct. 4. He's also certain of another particular school that will receive an official. "I know Georgia will get an official visit, I just don't know when," Mixon said. Mixon has a plan for how he will continue to narrow his list. "After this summer, I'll trim my list from 10 to around seven," he said. "I'll take my five official visits, and I will also visit a couple schools that are near me in the fall." Mixon is unsure of his visit plans for the remainder of the summer other than attending The Opening in July, but he is camping at Arizona State on Thursday night. Mixon is a five-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 5 running back in the 2014 class by Scout.com.
IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories
The Final FiveThree of Notre Dame’s “most difficult” opponents as projected during the pre-season remain. Virginia Tech looms as the most talented, cohesive opponent among the last five.
Fresh Starts: Just how young are Irish?Brian Kelly has been pitching this Notre Dame team as the program’s least experienced since 1972. But is this also Kelly’s youngest squad in terms of freshman starters?
Commit Recap: Adams sets recordDavid Adams will go down as one of the best ever at Pittsburgh Central Catholic after breaking the all-time tackles record. Meanwhile, Avery Davis turned in another hyper-efficient…
Status Reports: Irish Defensive LineThe seventh installment in our series of mid-season evaluations examines Notre Dame’s roster with a look at each individual’s status entering the bye week. Is he ascending? Has he…
Irish high on PledgerFour-star junior running back T.J. Pledger landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame during a summer visit. He hopes to return to South Bend this fall to enhance his relationship…