Bruins Back in it for Mixon

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon cut his list to five not too long ago but a couple of schools who didn't make the cut have re-emerged...

Joe Mixon cut his list to California, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin in late August. He already took an official visit to Cal earlier this month and was supposed to visit Florida last weekend. It now appears Mixon and the Gators are going different directions, which left the door open for a school outside his top five to land a coveted official visit.

"I'm going to visit Washington now," Mixon said. "Washington has always recruited me hard from the beginning and I always have a good time there. I've been there a few times already so I'm comfortable with the school, the coaches and I'm close with some of the players already. Shaq Thompson will be my host and we're real cool and it will be good to see him again.

"I know I'll have a good time and it should be fun to see the new stadium. Next week I have my visit with Oklahoma and then Wisconsin will be the following week. I still need to set up Oregon and I'm going to try and do that next week. They play UCLA (Oct. 26) so hopefully I can get up there that week, that will be a great game between those two teams."

The Bruins not only were cut from Mixon's top five, they didn't even make his top 10. The athlete said they're definitely back in the mix now.

"UCLA came out to watch my game last week and that showed me a lot," Mixon said. "Coach Angus (McClure) and (Steve) Broussard came out and that was great to see them on the sidelines. They have definitely picked up their recruitment of me in the last few weeks and I'm going to try and get out there for an unofficial visit.

"I was going to go to their game last week but didn't have a way to get out there. Right now my plan is still the same, I want to take all these visits during the season and then make my decision at the Army All-American game. The trips will be big for me and I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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