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Oklahoma football: Five-star running back recruit Joe Mixon could make a quick impact with Sooners

Oklahoma's top three running backs from 2013 — Brennan Clay, Damien Williams and Roy Finch — were seniors, leaving plenty of carries to be replaced in 2014.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 5, 2014

/articleid/3921021/1/pictures/2309731">Photo - Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops reads to a play during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.  .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops reads to a play during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Rivals.com ranks Mixon as the nation's ninth-best overall prospect — and the No. 1 all-purpose back — in the 2014 recruiting class.

He becomes the Sooners' first five-star running back commitment since Brandon Williams in 2011; Williams only played one year in Norman before transferring to Texas A&M.

Saturday's commitment signals the tremendous recruiting impact Oklahoma's shocking 45-31 upset of No. 3 Alabama could have for the Sooners. Mixon said during an NBC interview after his announcement that the Sugar Bowl win “sealed the deal.”

Mixon is already working on recruiting other big-time prospects to Norman. He told SoonerScoop.com “we're going to get (Michiah) Quick and I'm going to work on KD Cannon.”

Quick is a four-star athlete from Fresno, Calif., and Cannon is the nation's third-ranked receiver prospect who is currently committed to Baylor.

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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