By Phil Jensen
Freedom High football star Joe Mixon announced his final four teams via Twitter within the past hour, and Cal was one of them.
In no particular order, the running back announced that UCLA, Cal, Wisconsin and Oklahoma are his final four teams. He tweeted last night, “Just had a Great home visit with UCLA with pretty much the Whole coaching staff! Thanks for coming out! #GoBruins
On August 27, Mixon narrowed his finalists to five, in no particular order: Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon. Obviously, the list has changed a lot since then.
Mixon, a running back, is one of six finalists for the U.S. Army national player of the year award. He rushed for 1,704 yards and 28 touchdowns in 11 games his senior year, including 470 yards and nine touchdowns in two North Coast Section playoff games. He tallied 4,281 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns during his three-year varsity career.
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By Phil Jensen
The Bishop O’Dowd vs. Bullard-Fresno matchup highlights this Saturday’s Nor Cal Tip Off Classic at Newark Memorial High.
The O’Dowd team features 6-foot-9 junior power forward Ivan Rabb, who is ranked No. 3 nationally in the 2015 class by rivals.com. Among the national powers who have offered Rabb scholarships includes Kansas and North Carolina, according to rivals.com. Approximately 30 Division I prospects will be playing in the seven-game event.
Bishop O’Dowd plays Bullard in the final game of the day at 8:30 p.m. The event starts with Fairfield vs. Castro Valley at 11 a.m., followed by College Park vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton (12:30 p.m.), Heritage vs. Oakland (2:15 p.m.), Freedom vs. Granite Bay (3:45 p.m.), Moreau Catholic vs. Monte Vista (5:30 p.m.), Newark Memorial vs. Modesto Christian (7 p.m.) and the O’Dowd-Bullard game.
School administrators remained tight-lipped on Monday about the awkwardly timed dismissal of Mark Kessler as San Ramon Valley High football coach one day before the team’s North Coast Section playoff opener.
The De La Salle High football team was the only East Bay squad to receive a No. 1 seed for the North Coast Section playoffs in Sunday’s selection and seeding meeting.