OU commit in focus: Joe Mixon

OU landed four commitments in the last week but no single player meant more to the program than five-star running back Joe Mixon.

Some commitments just feel like they mean a little bit more than others. OK, in this instance, maybe a lot more is appropriate to say.

Each class needs that one recruit that announces to the rest of the nation "this is the school to go to" and Oklahoma received that and a whole lot more when Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon selected the Sooners last weekend.

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If Mixon is to be believed, he said OU's win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl clinched things for him. If that's true, try to imagine how different things could be for the Sooners right now if Alabama had rolled them the way they were supposed to?

But OU fans don't have to imagine that because OU did win and OU did get the pledge of Mixon, who is already taken the mantle of being OU's biggest recruiter for other prospects.

All that outside stuff to the side, what OU got with Mixon on the field is the biggest reason the fans should be excited. Mixon, despite being tall for a running back at 6-foot-2, might be the most complete running back in the 2014 class.

He is already an accomplished receiver out of the backfield and isn't afraid to get the tough yards. Early comparisons have him to Adrian Peterson. Too early to go crazy like that, but it felt like something might be in the works when Mixon wore No. 28 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Mixon wore No. 20 at Oakley Freedom but donned Peterson's number for the occasion. Coincidentally, Peterson also chose the Sooners at the U.S. Army game 10 years ago.

With Mixon in the fold, OU is done looking at running backs for this class. The Sooners will not have to see if a couple of running backs academically qualify and can move on to the 2015 crop of backs.

Mixon and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's Samaje Perine are two stellar backs with completely different skill sets. From the beginning, it looked like OU was after Perine, Mixon and Nathan Starks. And with three senior running backs graduating, the opportunity is there for early playing time.

Those were the top three. Safe to say, OU got what it was looking for and another job well done by running backs coach Cale Gundy. Discuss this topic on our premium message board: CLICK HERE. To become a subscriber to the SoonersIllustrated web site or magazine, CLICK HERE.

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