Oklahoma football: California RB Joe Mixon a good fit for Sooners

Freedom High School back was MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
by Jason Kersey Published: January 28, 2014

Mixon was the game's Most Valuable Player, and after he rushed for a touchdown, he ran to the U.S. service members in attendance and threw the ball toward them.

“He realized that it's a game played for our service men,” Amaro said. “He represents our school so well.”

Mixon held scholarship offers from dozens of schools around the country, but ultimately picked Oklahoma over UCLA and Wisconsin. In three varsity seasons, Mixon rushed for 4,281 yards and 76 touchdowns.

Mixon is a young high-school senior — he's still 17-years old — but Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said he's very mature for his age.

“You hardly ever see him down,” Hartwig said. “He just enjoys being a kid.

“For a 17-year old man — or boy — it was incredible how well he handled the recruiting process. He never takes what he has for granted. He works his butt off for everything he has.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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