Dec 30, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; A general view of an Oklahoma Sooners helmet during a game against Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2011 Insight Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium. Oklahoma won 31 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Football Recruiting: 5-star RB Joe Mixon Names Top Ten

Freedom High School (Oakley, CA) running back Joe Mixon is one of the most sought after recruits in the nation for the class of 2014, and on Friday afternoon he trimmed down his list of 46 possible schools to just 10.

Mixon is rated as a five-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and is the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country and comes in at No. 13 overall in our FanSided150 player rankings.

According to Mixon’s Twitter account, where he revealed his top ten in no particular order, and the following schools are in the mix:  Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon State and Washington.

Mixon surprised many on Friday as he eliminated the team who was projected as the favorite for his services, USC. The USC Trojans were projected as the leader in the Mixon sweepstakes as 81 percent of the 247Sports experts projected Mixon to land in Los Angeles with the other top suitors for Mixon’s services being the Oklahoma Sooners and California Golden Bears, who are still in the running.

He expressed that the list was in no particular order, but the top three teams he listed in order on his twitter page were Tennessee, Oregon and Florida, so take from that what you wish.

At 6-2, 195 pounds, Mixon is one of the most talented backs in the nation with 4.5 40-yard dash speed and excellent acceleration and explosion from within the back field and at the point of contact.

Whoever is lucky enough to land his ability whenever he decides to make a final decision will get an immediate impact player added to their backfield.

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