RB Joe Mixon talks to Tosh Lupoi

For Joe Mixon, it wasn’t a surprise that Darrell Daniels was calling his cell phone. After all, the friends are teammates at Oakley (Calif.) Freedom High School.

This particular phone call, though, led to a separate conversation with a familiar voice. Daniels was with Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi for an in-home visit. The Huskies’ ace recruiter wanted to say hello to Mixon, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound running back who is one of the program’s top targets for 2014. So Daniels called his teammate.

“He was just talking to me mainly about football, how I’m doing in school, maintaining my grades," Mixon said. "He said he’s really interested in me going to Washington.”

Each time he talks to Lupoi, it leaves a positive impression.

“We have a strong relationship,” Mixon said. “Every talk we have, it’s good. He always tells me what’s real. He says I’m his No. 1 guy. I hope it stays like that.”

Mixon’s relationship with Lupoi combined with Daniels’ commitment to Washington gives the Huskies a good shot at landing the junior. But they will have plenty of competition.

Arizona State became the latest program to offer Mixon, giving him the news Tuesday.

“That was a good pickup,” Mixon said. “I’ve just got to keep working hard. Everything will fall into place.”

He also has offers from California, Colorado and Oregon State and has recently received interest from Northwestern, Boise State, Nebraska and Miami.

“It’s a good feeling and it’s coming at the right time,” Mixon said. “I feel like I deserved it. I just hope everything falls in place and everything, in the long run, will be good.”