With Junior Day in the rearview, Florida won’t have many more visitors coming to campus until spring practice starts on March 13.
However, UF has stayed busy on the recruiting trail by handing out several offers throughout February.
The most notable recruit to get the call from the Gators this week was running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), who is a Rivals100 member. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 82 overall prospect and ninth at his position.
Florida running backs coach Brian White has successfully recruited California before, but the Gators haven’t signee a player from the state since 2010. White is looking to work his west coast magic again with Mixon.
“Coach White from Florida called and offered me on Tuesday,” Mixon said. “He said I’ve always been on their radar and they went crazy after watching my highlights. He told me I’m big-time player and I could do damage in their offense. I’m hoping I can get down there and have a chance to do that.”
Mixon began following Florida football during its 2006 national championship season.
“I’ve been watching the Gators since Tim Tebow got there and now I keep up with their team every year,” Mixon said. “I watched their win over LSU (in 2012) and I liked how Mike Gillislee was used. They definitely put talent on the field, and they have a great coaching staff as well as academic program. So I’m very excited that I get the chance to be recruited by Florida.”
Mixon currently has 37 offers and is being recruiting hardest by Cal and Washington. He would like to see UF pick up its pursuit as promised.
“Coach White said they’re going to start recruiting me hard, so I’m hoping they stick to what they’re saying so I can see me what they have to offer. If they end up being one of my schools, I will definitely take an official visit down there,” Mixon said.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder plans to make a decision sometime after his senior season and claims distance isn’t a factor at all.
“I don’t care where I have to go,” Mixon said. “I just want to play with the best of the best and on whatever team gives me an opportunity.”
As a junior, Mixon finished with 1,443 rushing yards, 383 receiving yards and 30 total touchdowns. To view his highlights, click HERE.