UCLA Watching Mixon Closely

The Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2014 running back, Joe Mixon, thinks UCLA is close to offering...

Back in November, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2014 running back Joe Mixon (6-1, 205, 4.6), had a nice little flurry of offers, with three offers coming in one day, all from the Pac-12.

But that was nothing like a one-week span a week ago, that saw him go from eight offers to 19 offers.

Four came on Sunday alone, after seven more came in the week.

"Last week was unbelievable to me," said Mixon. "It was crazy how everything was rolling. I talked to some colleges and they checked out my film and they thought I'd be a great fit in their offense and the next thing you know, the offers were pouring in.

Oklahoma got it started two Sunday's ago, an offer that Mixon had coveted, his favorite running back, Adrian Petersen, a former Sooner running back.

"That was the one that was like, ‘wow, this is getting real,' and I was so excited for that one and it was like a dream come true," said Mixon.

Then Boise State, Idaho, Louisville, Nevada, Houston and Fresno State all followed.

On Sunday, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Texas Tech all offered.

"I knew it was going to get crazy, but I wasn't expecting it to get crazy like that," said Mixon.

Mixon already had offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

And there could be more on the way.

"UCLA is supposed to come by and I think they could be offering," said Mixon. "And Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Nebraska and Clemson are all talking about offering me too."

Of the batch of offers, Mixon said a few were standing out.

"The ones that I got from Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Oklahoma were all real big," said Mixon. "And the ones from Arizona State, Cal, Washington, Boise State, Michigan and Louisville, I already liked them."

But Mixon said it's way too early to name a favorite, or even a top five.

"It's so early that I'm giving everyone a chance," said Mixon. "I'm going to take this all the way to the end and hopefully commit at an All-American Game. I won't even take my unofficial visits until the summer and then my officials when football start."

The only Junior Day that Mixon plans to attend as of now is the one at nearby Cal, where he took an unofficial earlier this month.

Otherwise, it's offseason workouts and prepping for the spring.

"I'm going to do the Nike Camp again and hopefully get into The Opening," said Mixon. "I just want to work on getting faster and stronger."

Mixon was one of the standouts at the U.S. Army Combine and he's coming off a season where he ran for 1,456 yards and 30 touchdowns and added 400+ yards receiving, as well as a couple of interceptions that he returned for touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 3.0 and will take the SAT in March.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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