5-star running back's WSU trip plans

PULLMAN -- Social media sites have been buzzing of late, hinting that 5-star running back Joe Mixon out of Oakley, Calif. will soon be taking an unofficial trip to Pullman. CF.C spoke to both Mixon and a new Cougar walk on receiver -- one who seems to have also taken on the role of a WSU student-athlete recruiting coordinator extraordinaire -- to get the 411.

According to incoming Cougar freshman wideout Ryan Turman, Freedom High 5-star running back Joe Mixon (6-2, 210) has scheduled two possible dates to come check out Washington State.

Turman, ranked the No. 4 RB in the nation by Scout.com, will either unofficially visit Wazzu in two weeks, or when the Cougs take on Southern Utah at home in Week 3.

The "when" will be determined by Mixon's high school coach and a still-to-be-completed official visit schedule. An official visit could to WSU be in the offing down the road as well, said Turman. Mixon currently has official visit dates set with Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Mixon, who only had a few seconds when CF.C reached him Monday, said he's excited to see his buddy and check out all things WSU.

"Coug fans better be ready for Joe Mixon and Ryan Turman," Mixon quipped.

Mixon said he's taking things slow in recruiting and waiting to find the perfect fit.

"I'm still exploring my options and want to see a good time and new schools," Mixon said.

REGARDLESS OF WHEN he touches down at Wazzu, Turman said he expects the WSU coaches will roll out the red carpet for Mixon.

Okay, but is there a real possibility here that Mixon could land in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense -- or is this more about a guy just wanting to hang out with his best friend at his new school?

Turman, who is a very close friend of Mixon's, said he believes the Cougs are right in the thick of things with the heavily sought do-it-all back who holds at least 42 known offers.

"I think (WSU) is in this right now," Turman said. "After we go win some games, our chances will be greater.

"Joe and I go back like a year -- before he had 50 offers," Turman said. "We met when he had two offers. We always talked about going to school together."

Indeed, their bond is a strong one.

"Every time he comes to Washington (state) he stays with me and my family," Turman said. "We're like brothers."

ACCORDING TO TURMAN, Mixon is looking for a "place that's like home." He said Mixon isn't fazed by competition or guarantees of a starting spot his freshman year -- he's not afraid to "compete and take that starting role," said Turman.

The buzz that Mixon will be unofficially visiting Washington State seems to have awakened the cavalry too.

Turman said WSU verbal commits Marcus Griffin and Kevin Griffin are both talking about coming up to Pullman when Mixon is there and doing some bonding with a potential 2014 classmate.

Turman added he's been talking to 2015 in-state running back Chico McClatcher up the same weekend to "come along for the ride."

McClatcher is generally considered one of the premier in-state prospects who will be available in the 2015 class.

Meanwhile, Mixon rushed for 1,443 yards on 201 carries with 20 TDs as a junior in 2012.

"That man can do it all," Turman said. "Run, block, catch… everything. He will carry the team. He's a great leader to his teammates and those around him who look up to him."

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