Joe Mixon of Freedom High School in Oakley, CA, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
“Mixon is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Freedom High School,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Mixon, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is rated as the No. 5 running back prospect nationally, a Scout.com five-star prospect.
He has picked up as many offers as any prospect in the country and is considering a national array of programs. He currently has official visits scheduled with Oklahoma and Wisconsin. He has already toured California and Washington.
"Mixon is an every down back who can do everything well," explained the scout.com West Recruiting Team. "He runs with a nice blend of balance, power and speed. He has a great feel for the position and has that innate ability to sense where a defensive player is coming and either make a quick cut to elude him or take a glancing blow."
"Mixon never seems to get hit square up, which given his size, is surprising but a testament to his mature running style. He has arguably the best hands of any back in the nation and dominated the summer 7 on 7 circuit as a receiver. He was the only back named a unanimous selection for all tournament honors at The Opening and is definitely a very special talent."
In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.