Badgers Recruiting: Top RB Joe Mixon to Announce Decision at Army All-American Bowl

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We have reached the dead period in college football recruiting, but that doesn’t mean people like myself will keep quiet (trust me none of us will). Recruits will also be far from quiet, especially on social media formats such as Twitter, as is the case with five-star running back Joe Mixon. The back from Oakley, CA tweeted this out the other day:


Which was then followed by this:


Let the record be known that I hope Mixon has something really creative up his sleeve. Anyone can announce their commitment by just putting a hat on. I hope Mixon has all the bells and whistles when it comes to his.

Anyways let’s get to the matter at hand. Most think Mixon is a long shot to join the Badgers squad, but I say at least there’s a chance.

Let’s say Melvin Gordon decides to stay in Madison for another year. If Mixon were to choose Wisconsin, he would have to compete with Gordon and Corey Clement for playing time. However, if Gordon were to head to the NFL that would leave Clement and Mixon as a one-two punch. We all saw what Gordon and James White were able to do this year sharing time in the backfield. Who’s to say Mixon and Clement wouldn’t be able to do the same?

Listen I’m a realist, I know the Badgers’ odds of landing this five-star running back are not all that high. But I will say if Gary Andersen and Wisconsin were able to land the talented Mixon, it would be a huge springboard for the future of the program.

Topics: Army All-American Bowl, James White, Joe Mixon, Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Badgers

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  • Kyle

    I disagree with the likelihood of landing Mixon. I believe that WI is quietly the team to beat, if not the team. He’s always spoken very highly of WI and Coach Hammock. Ironically, Coach Hammock tweeted this morning “Great news to start the day. Future is very bright in Wisconsin”. There’s only a handful of things that would require this kind of optimism, while being so vague. And Mixon giving him a quiet verbal would be 1 of them. I can’t say for sure this is what if is….but it sure makes a lot of sense. If the land Mixon and Kamara….this program has just gone to a new level.

  • Taylor

    I saw the tweet as well and was hoping it had to deal with Mixon, but come to find out it was about Gordon. I just don’t see Mixon choosing WI. I would love to be wrong and will be the first person to tell you I was wrong, but my gut tells me otherwise. But I do agree him and Kamara would put this program in a whole new level.I can see Kamara coming to Madison more than Mixon.

    • Kyle

      You’re right about Hammocks tweet. Mixon has said he’s got a new top 3. And for some reason, the Badgers Insider changed their crystal ball prediction to WI yesterday after the news broke about Gordon. For some reason, that helped WI in his eyes. If I was him, the opportunity to get big time exposure next year with Gordon being an early Heisman candidate would be a sweet deal. Gordon’s success will translate well to his. I’m not looking through rose colored googles when I say that I still think WI is the team to beat. I’m minority, but I truly believe that.

      • Taylor

        Check out the article I posted earlier this morning about the reasons why Mixon may or may not choose WI. I’m sticking to my guns and saying he doesn’t choose WI but I wouldn’t be mad if I was wrong on this one. I can’t wait to see just how creative his announcement is and who he actually does pick.

        • Kyle

          I agree with what you wrote. You could play devils advocate either way. All I know is that every RB in recent memory had benefitted from a crowded backfield. And mixon would be no exception. It’s clear he believes he’s the man. And if that’s the case, competition should not scare him. However I do feel good about Deal and Kinlaw. Mixon becomes a huge luxury. Kinlaw is a very smart and humble young man. And Deal is a more athletic John Clay. I think, too, if Mixon commits, Kinlaw could always play some slot. I think they find a way to get him on the field as well. You know what I thought would be creative, is if Mixon did the Jump Around as he picked his hat. ;). Here’s to hoping…

          • Taylor

            I was thinking that too that if Mixon does come on board, one of them could split out wide. Either way with or without Mixon the backfield will be very talented once again. I do like what this new staff is doing recruiting wise and it’s only going to get better and better. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start landing more and more top end recruits in the future.

          • Kyle

            However this is also a strong WR class. It makes you venture to wonder if anyone (like the AJ Jordan experiment) can play defense. CBs will be at a premium given Richardson’s commitment to WVU, no current CB commits, and Jakkarie Washington’s dismissal. We really need to try to reel in at least 1 CB in this class with the amount of scholarships. That said – this staff is clearly more talented on the recruiting front, and it’s because of the sincerity. I expect big things going forward.

          • Taylor

            Yeah I can definitely see them taking a WR or two and putting them on the other side of the ball. You’re right about getting at least a CB, but they have some major work ahead of them in the next month or so if they want to land a better-than-average corner. I think recruiting is an overlooked quality that this staff does very well. It will only be a matter of time before everyone else realizes that.

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