Mixon Will Visit UCLA

The West's top running back, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon, plans to check out UCLA this spring...

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon (6-2, 208) was one of the premier prospects in Berkeley this weekend, at Cal's Spring Game.

"It was a good time and the first time I got to see them in a live setting," said Mixon. "I'd seen everything before on tours, but this time I really got to talk with the coaches and I got to meet Jahvid Best and talk with Marshawn Lynch. I knew Marshawn before I went there, but its still great to talk to him."

Mixon didn't need to take a tour of the Cal campus, which happened at Junior Day. But the conversations with the coaching staff left a good impression.

"I talked mainly with Coach (Pierre) Ingram and he said they want me to come back again later in the spring to spend more time with them," said Mixon. "I also got to talk with the other coaches."

Cal is making a big effort for Mixon, the top player in the East Bay in the 2014 class, and the focal point of Cal's hopes of landing a strong class from their own backyard.

"I'd say that Cal is probably recruiting me the hardest and trying to do that really good with the other guys from up here, right in their backyard," said Mixon. "Coach (Sonny) Dykes is really emphasizing that."

Mixon plans to visit a couple more Pac-12 schools in the spring and then will hit national schools when he takes his official visits in the fall.

"I know I want to get down to UCLA and I'm trying to get up to Washington too," said Mixon. "I'll take my official visits to the schools I can't get to."

Mixon trimmed his list down to 16, but said he hasn't eliminated any schools that didn't make that list.

"Those were just the schools that are standing out," said Mixon. "I should have put Florida in there and I'm still in touch with them, Ole Miss and Florida State."

There are still a few more schools Mixon is talking to that he hopes an offer comes from.

"I'm still waiting on Oregon, LSU and Alabama," said Mixon. "I know that Oregon and LSU are for sure coming out in May and then Alabama said they're coming out. I'm trying to get ready for the spring and I already know a bunch of other teams are coming out."

Mixon is in the middle of track and spring football starts in late April. He'll also be at the Oakland NFTC in May.

"I'm just staying hungry and focused in the offseason and I want to be ready for my senior year," said Mixon.

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