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Football: Mixon says Cal 1 of 4 finalists

Five-star running back Joe Mixon of Freedom-Oakley tells Scout.com he’s narrowed his list to four schools (in no particular order): Wisconsin, Cal Oklahoma and UCLA.

Off his previous list are Florida State and Washington.

But this thing is far from being decided.

Mixon said Steve Sarkisian’s move from Washington to USC will add the Trojans to┬áhis list, if Sark comes after him.

If?

Of course Sarkisian will try recruiting him to USC. He wanted him in Seattle, he’ll want him in L.A.

And the lure of playing tailback at USC cannot be overstated. USC will be a factor in this thing.

Mixon said his home visit with UCLA on Monday went very well. He has home visits this week with the other three, including Cal.

Mixon has repeatedly talked about how much playing close to home would mean to him, and that’s a good thing for the Bears because it’s just about their best chip at this point after a 1-11 season. That and the chance to be a focal point of Cal’s running game.

But the landscape can get more complicated still. If Washington is able to lure alum Jim Mora Jr., away from UCLA — and I’m not sure that will happen — the Huskies could re-enter the equation.

Mixon said he plans to announce his decision at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 4 in San Antonio. Stay tuned.

Jeff Faraudo