Preparations for the high school football season are still in their early stages, but there was some news Friday afternoon as Freedom High running back Joe Mixon, the East Bay’s most sought-after football recruit this year, announced via twitter who his top 10 schools are.
They are, in no particular order it appears: Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio St., Oregon St. and Washington.
That’s three SEC schools, four Pac-12 schools, two Big 10 and one Big 12.
Clearly this is good news for the schools that Joe mentioned. He holds close to 50 offers, which is not surprising considering his size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), his dazzling style of play, the heads he turned in offseason camps and the stats he put up as a junior. In 12 games, he had 201 carries for 1,443 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 383 yards and seven touchdowns.
Some notable schools not on the list — USC, UCLA, Georgia, Michigan, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida State and Miami.
Is he the biggest East Bay high school running back recruit ever? Bigger than Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best or Maurice Jones-Drew? Judging by this list, it’s hard to argue that’s not the most sought-after running back ever in East Bay football.