Mixon Talking More with UCLA

The Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back, Joe Mixon, spoke with UCLA coaches last week and said the Bruins are back in the mix and he wants to visit unofficially...

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon had taken official visits for three straight weekends and was nursing a sore ankle when Freedom visited Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage.

But being tired and in pain wouldn't stop the five-star back, and his team needed every last yard from him.

Mixon scored the winning touchdown, going over the pile on a 4th and Goal from the 1-yard line with less than a minute left to put his team ahead.

"It was still banged up, but I tried to not to think about it," said Mixon. "Basically it came down to the last few minutes, my team needed me and I needed them. My line stepped up against nine in the box. I'd never scored a winning touchdown before like that in the final minute. I'm proud of my team. It was muscle football and we came out on top."

Once the game was done, Mixon finally had a weekend to himself, though he did go to the Cal-Oregon State game. But there wasn't an official visit to further drain him.

Mixon did, though, set his final official visit, which will take place on November 2nd when he heads to ACC country to visit Florida State when they host Miami.

"I was considering LSU, Arizona State, UCLA and Alabama for the last visit, but Florida State is it," said Mixon.

Mixon said he will get down to UCLA unofficially, likely in late November when the Bruins host Washington, if Freedom isn't in the playoffs. The Bruins were out of the mix for Mixon, but have surged back into it.

"I talked to Coach (Steve) Broussard on Thursday night and we rapped for like 30 minutes," said Mixon. "We were just catching up with each other and he was showing me how the offense works. They definitely are back into the mix."

Mixon said that he's also still considering the four schools he's visited, Cal, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin, but said that Oklahoma and Wisconsin still were standing out.

"Yeah, they're both still up there, but I'm just going to take my last visit and weigh all of my options and announce at the Army Game like I planned to," 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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