Football: Cal recruiting target Mixon has big night, but suffers cramps in opening-night loss

Joe Mixon ran 75 yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the season Friday night, and had 157 rushing yards and four touchdowns by halftime.

But the senior from Freedom HS in Oakley — a five-star prospect who has identified Cal as one of his five final college finalists — apparently ran out of gas.

He suffered what our reporter described as severe cramps late in the game and Amador Valley of Pleasanton rallied for a 35-28 victory.

Mixon finished with 198 yards on 20 carries.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Jeff I request no Mixon specific posts unless he is on a visit or makes Cal news.

    Otherwise you’re setting us up for another Shaq Thompson situation. He’s not a Cal player yet.

  • Heteroscedastic Bear

    Looks like Joe could use some condition training from Cal’s s&c coach.

  • Jim

    Shaq had given a verbal. Mixon is just a recruit.

  • rotfogel

    Two things:
    Mixon is a much better player than Shaq.
    Mixon is in the (greater) Bay Area. Shaq was in Sacramento.

  • mbbear

    He is one of the top recruits in the nation, and has expressed high interest in Cal.
    I think if you feel “set up,” you can kind of work that out in therapy, but I never have heard of “too much information.”

  • Josh

    I for one appreciate the Mixon news thanks Jeff

  • ScottyBear

    The more he and especially his family feel wanted at Cal, the better the chances of getting him. Keep ’em coming Jeff!

  • Juancho

    Nope. Shaq was ranked the number 2 player in the country. Mixon is great. But hes not ranked that high.

  • Rocko at the beach

    You can tell me anything you want about a recruit. However after the 2011 recruiting fiasco; until a recruit is signed, sealed and delivered it means nothing.

  • Juancho

    BINGO rocko. Theres an eternity to go in this recruiting cycle. I dont need to start developing hope around mixon or other key guys until they verbal.

  • Uh huh!

    I understand your not wanting to be let down again. We were all hurt by the Shaq situation. That was a mess. This happens, however, in the business of recruiting. You know that. And so I know you can take this lukewarm Mixon information in stride, and not get too up or down with any of his reports.
    One thing is for sure. We can’t stop going for top talent just because we are afraid of missing out on some of them.