Joe Mixon wants to wait to name frontrunners until some more offers come in but Washington could be an early leader for the 2014 running back from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom.
One of the biggest reasons why the Huskies stand out is because close friend and teammate Darrell Daniels, a 2013 three-star receiver, is committed to them and Mixon would like to play with Daniels in college.
Nothing is set yet but Mixon said it's something the two have discussed.
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"Washington is trying to get me up to their campus as soon as possible especially with Darrell going up there," Mixon said.
"I think it does play a big part. We've known each other for so long and I might go where he goes. Washington is sticking out but I don't know. Right now Washington is standing out but I'll know for a fact later on once I get some more offers."
Oregon State is the lone offer so far for Mixon, who has rushed for 682 yards and nine touchdowns on 88 carries this season. The 2014 running back said Washington, Cal, UCLA and Arizona are showing interest.
The Beavers have definitely impressed Mixon this season as they're ranked No. 10 and playing extraordinarily well. He said Oregon State's success has played a big factor as he considers that school.
"I've talked to them a couple times," Mixon said. "I talk to them every week or two. They're trying to build a relationship with me. I knew they were pretty good but they shocked me."
Mixon attended the Cal-UCLA game this past weekend and according to BearTerritory.net the 2014 back had an outstanding time in Berkeley.