Profile: Joe Mixon
Position: Running Back
Location: Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Weight: 210 pounds
Recruiting: Mixon had a crazy recruitment that had everyone guessing right up to the time of his announced at the UA Army AA Game. California was thought to be the early leader, then Oklahoma wowed him on his official visit and just days leading up to his announcement, all signs pointed to UCLA. In fact, we even heard that Mixon had committed to the Bruins the day before his announcement but the Sooners prevailed in landing the impact running back.
What to Like: Mixon can do it all on the football field, not just running but receiving. He’s one of the best pass catching backs to come out of West in some time and could be an elite receiver in college if need be. As a pure running back, he has size, power, speed and toughness. He can run inside or bounce it outside and is a fierce competitor. He has a nose for the end zone, finishes his runs and is always falling forward at the end of a play. He played through an ankle injury that hindered him part of this season but still ran hard and always competes.
What may be of concern: Mixon is a tall running back and at times, runs a little high. He takes some unnecessary shots as a result and will need to really work on lowering his pad level when he gets to the next level in order to stay healthy.
Overall Analysis: Mixon was a huge pickup for the Sooners and should see immediate playing time next fall. He’s a true difference maker who can carry the rock 25+ times a game if needed and is a game breaker down the field out of the backfield. The Soones have had great success recruiting the Golden State and landing Mixon was another huge coup for the program.