Joe Mixon was hoping for a Cal offer during his unofficial visit this past weekend, he didn't get it, but the 2014 running back from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom is still optimistic about the Golden Bears.
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect has taken multiple trips to Berkeley this season and he said Cal is making ground up in his recruitment with Washington still holding an early advantage.
An offer from the Golden Bears could be huge.
"The trip was pretty good," Mixon said. "It was pretty much the same as last time. I got to talk to all the coaches again besides coach (Jeff) Tedford. It was really good up there. They lost but it was a fun trip.
"I guess they're going to wait on an offer. I don't know. It's still early. If they do it after the season it's not a big thing. It's still early and I have a lot of time but I'm hoping it comes through after the season."
Oregon State has already offered Mixon, who has rushed for 1,033 yards and 13 touchdowns so far in his junior year, and Cal and Washington are among a group of programs showing interest.
Mixon has taken a couple trips to Cal so far this season but because he wants to focus on finishing the regular season strong the 2014 prospect is going to stay off the road at least for a few weeks.
"I don't think I have any more unofficial visits coming up," Mixon said.
"Our schedule gets kind of tough right now for high school so I don't think I'll be visiting any more. Maybe after the regular season I could end up going somewhere but during these next two weeks I'm not going anywhere."
Mixon traveled to Berkeley last weekend with Washington commit and teammate Darrell Daniels, who had been recruited by the Golden Bears for a long time.
The 2014 running back said there isn't much to Daniels being there and he thinks the three-star receiver is firm in his Washington pledge.
"I think he was just going for a trip," Mixon said. "A lot of our teammates went down and he just wanted to go."