Joe Mixon waited patiently. Each time the Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back called Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi, he hoped it would be the conversation that ended in a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound junior had his patience rewarded Thursday.
“Man, this is big,” Mixon said. “It’s just another blessing from God. It was big. That was a big offer.”
During a phone conversation with Lupoi, Mixon said the Huskies’ ace recruiter told him, “I’ve got something for you.”
Lupoi told him he was going to pass the phone to Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.
“Hey Joe, how are you doing?” Sarkisian said.
Still laughing as he relived the conversation, Mixon said the coach called the prospect “our No. 1 guy for 2014” right before he offered the junior a scholarship. He is the second running back in the 2014 class the Huskies have offered recently, joining Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace).
“Man, it was crazy,” said Mixon, who has rushed for 1,192 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. “It was just a dream come true. The offer means a lot to me. It’s crazy. I have just been waiting patiently.”
Mixon was at a team dinner -- Freedom plays Berkeley (Calif.) in the playoffs this week -- and he called his parents right away.
“They’re proud of me,” Mixon said. “My mom, she was getting emotional.”
The Huskies are the second Pac-12 program to offer Mixon, joining Oregon State. Mixon said Washington is currently right at the top of his list. When Mixon’s teammate, Darrell Daniels, heard the news, the senior receiver -- a Washington commit -- said “Congrats bro. We’re about to be some Dawgs.”