Four on top for 5-star Mixon

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Joe Mixon once again took to social media on Tuesday to release his new top four but the Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star all-purpose back could add at least one other school soon.
Rated as the ninth-best prospect in the 2014 class and second-best in the California state rankings by, Mixon listed in no order UCLA, Cal, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as his four favorites at this point in the recruiting process.
The five-star left off USC which he said on Monday had re-emerged in his recruitment after former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was hired there. The Trojans are definitely not out, though, he's just waiting to hear more from the new USC coaching staff before listing them as a frontrunner.
"Once (Sarkisian) hits me up I think I'll be talking with them more," Mixon said.
UCLA was basically out of his recruitment a few months ago but has really surged lately. He took an unofficial visit there two weeks ago for the Arizona State game and seemed to really hit it off with the coaching staff.
On Monday night, as some reports had UCLA coach Jim Mora in Seattle interviewing for the Washington job, Mixon hosted Mora and several assistant coaches for an in-home visit. Earlier in the day, Mora and those assistants visited with UCLA commit - and Mixon friend - Adarius Pickett.
Cal had a miserable season but there are plenty of factors working in its favor.
Mixon likes the idea of playing close to home but possibly even more important than that is the Golden Bears have talked with Mixon about using him on the field from Day 1 and in a variety of ways. He also has a strong relationship with running backs coach Pierre Ingram which really could play a factor as his decision gets closer.
The Oakley Freedom recruit has already visited Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Mixon likes the idea of running behind Wisconsin's impressive offensive line and being used as a runner and pass catcher in Oklahoma's offense appeals to him.
After a short love affair with Florida State, and even taking an official visit to Tallahassee, it sounds like the Seminoles are falling on his list.
Also, Mixon took another unofficial visit to Washington last weekend but without a coach the Huskies are probably trailing big at this point.
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