Sooners get big-time running back commitment

It appears Thursday’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama is already paying off for the Sooners.

Saturday, Oklahoma got an oral commitment from Joe Mixon, who is the nation’s No. 5 running back, according to Scout.com. Mixon announced his decision to go to Oklahoma during the fourth quarter of the Army All-American game. Oral commitments are non-binding. Mixon will be able to officially sign with OU in February.

Mixon was later named the game’s MVP. The West won, 28-6.

Mixon is from Freedom High (Oakley, Calif.) and was a five-star recruit from just about every recruiting service. And according to Rivals, the commitment from Mixon moves OU from No. 35 in the recruiting rankings to No. 20.

SoonerScoop.com said Mixon is the first five-star commitment to Oklahoma since 2011 and the first from California since Bob Stoops began coaching at OU in 1999.

"Once they won that Alabama game, that sealed the deal," Mixon told SoonerScoop. "Now I’m a Sooner." OU beat Alabama 45-31.

Mixon should be able to compete for playing time next season. Senior Brennan Clay is done at OU, leaving Mixon, along with sophomore Keith Ford as candidates to take over the starting spot. OU also received a commitment from Pflugerville (Texas) running back Smaje Perine. The Sooners have 19 commitments so far.

Mixon, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, chose OU over Wisconsin, Cal and UCLA.

 

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