Just two days after the Oklahoma Sooners pulled off a huge upset and beat the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, they pulled off a major coup on the recruiting trail. According to SB Nation on Jan. 4, The Oklahoma Sooners recruiting pulled in the best all-purpose running back in the nation for their 2014 class in California running back Joe Mixon.
This Oklahoma Sooners recruiting coup could play huge dividends as early as this upcoming season.
Trevor Knight proved in the Sugar Bowl win that he has the arm to go along with his legs to lead the Sooners into 2014. He also has a solid number one receiver in Sterling Shepard and a solid hard nosed running back in Keith Ford. However, Mixon is an explosive play maker that could help Knight in more ways than one.
Joe Mixon is a consensus five-star recruit, ranks first for all-purpose running backs in the nation and is the third highest ranked player out of California for the 2014 recruiting class. He had Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M and Wisconsin all trying to recruit him.
He made his final four choices for the season a battle between Oklahoma, Wisconsin, California and UCLA, and ended up choosing the Sooners. With both Brennan Clay and Roy Finch graduating and Damien Williams kicked off the team, that left Ford as the only player with experience, and it is thought Mixon could move right into the role of an everyday player as a freshman.
Mixon joins Texas running back Samaje Perine, a power runner, in the 2014 Oklahoma Sooners recruiting class and the combination of the two makes it look like the Sooners will be even stronger over the next few years.