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Earlier this month, Joe Mixon took to Twitter to announce his top 10, so it was no surprise on Monday when the five-star all-purpose back returned to social media to trim his list to five.
The Oakley (Calif.) Freedom recruit who shined at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour this summer in Chicago listed Florida, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon as his finalists.
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Mixon, the newly minted top-rated all-purpose back in the 2014 class and one of only two five-star prospects in the California state rankings, said there is no particular order to his list of frontrunners.
In a relatively quiet time for recruiting news, Mixon has made the most of the late summer.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound prospect who's rated No. 10 in the 2014 class by Rivals.com released his top 10 this month with those five programs included along with Washington, Oregon State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Tennessee making the cut.
Those five are no longer on the list for Mixon, who is ranked second in the state behind only Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Adoree' Jackson.
In the last couple of weeks, Mixon named Cal and Florida two of his favorites.
The Golden Bears, according to a source, have made up significant ground in his recruitment, especially after Mixon visited there recently.
The closeness to home and the support that provides are a draw for the five-star all-purpose back. Mixon flipped his Texas A&M official to Cal for the weekend of Sept. 13 when it hosts Ohio State.
When Mixon released his top 10, Florida was a surprise addition, and it was even more surprising when he named the Gators in his top two. The Oakley Freedom recruit is planning an official visit to Gainesville and said he believes he fits in that offense well.
Two other trips -- to Oklahoma on Oct. 4 and Wisconsin on Oct. 11 -- are also scheduled. Mixon's fifth official visit has not been determined, but one could guess it would be Oregon because the Ducks made his top five.
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