Joe Mixon has been hearing from powerhouses across the country for months in his recruitment but even he was surprised when a certain program showed up to his school on Monday.
Texas had not been talking to the Oakley (Calif.) Freedom four-star running back at all but there was assistant coach Stacy Searels at his school and now the Longhorns have to be considered in Mixon's recruitment.
"They came and I was like that was a surprise," Mixon said. "They said I'm one of their top guys."
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Mixon, rated as the ninth-best running back and No. 82 player in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, earned the offensive MVP award at the Los Angeles Rivals Camp and was fantastic once again last weekend at the Passing Down tournament in Northern California.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound prospect is an outstanding running back and also showed he can catch the ball out of the backfield as he was one of the best receivers during one-on-one drills at the Rivals Camp.
Recently, Mixon trimmed his list of about 40 offers to a more manageable group that consists of Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington and Wisconsin but more programs are coming in all the time.
Mixon said Alabama, LSU and Oregon have recently been in more contact and he thinks the Ducks could be closest to offering him next.
On Monday, coaches from USC and Cal also stopped by his school and that was expected since both teams have offered and made his top list.
When Texas showed up it was a complete surprise but it's something Mixon is definitely interested in pursuing as his recruitment continues.
"They said they are very interested in me," Mixon said. "They just wanted to know if I was interested in them and they said they'll be back next week or in May."