The 6-2, 207-pounder rushed for 1,704 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., and given Oklahoma's inexperienced returning backfield for 2014, there's plenty of reason to believe Mixon could be an immediate contributor.
“I don't see any way he doesn't play because I think more than anything, he brings an element that Oklahoma doesn't really have among its backs right now,” said Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for the Rivals network site SoonerScoop.com.
“Joe Mixon is a great running back, but what makes him so special is his ability as a receiver. He really is like having a wide receiver in the backfield. … Maybe he won't be a 1,000-yard freshman, but he might rush for 600 yards and catch for another 500. I definitely think he's an instant impact kind of guy.”
Four-star receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif.), who committed to OU last April, said Mixon reminds him of former OU star and current Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
“I think he can have a big impact because of the type of player he is,” Todd said. “With him being from California, I know the schools he plays against and all that. He's talented. I think he'll have a huge impact.”