Five-star running back Joe Mixon visited UCLA this past weekend, according to multiple reports. Rated a top-ten prospect nationally, the Oakley, Calif., product had committed to Oklahoma on Jan. 4, and insisted a few weeks later that rumors he would flip to the Bruins were untrue.
UCLA currently holds a commitment from four-star tailback Nate Starks, who verballed shortly after Mixon declared for the Sooners, and are also pursuing Arizona State commit Kalen Ballage.
UPDATE: Mixon will stick with Oklahoma, according to Scout.com’s Greg Biggins. The tailback also publicly reaffirmed his pledge.
Anyone itching for a long road trip can mark their calendars five years in advance: UCLA has scheduled a home-and-home series against Oklahoma. The Bruins will travel to Norman on Sept. 8, 2018, then play at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 14, 2019.
UCLA is 1-4 all-time against the Sooners, winning its last meeting 41-24 at the Rose Bowl in 2005.
“With Oklahoma recognized nationally and the new playoff system beginning next season, this is a great matchup for not only our team, but for our fans as well,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement.
UCLA finished fourth in the Super Six final last night, ending a season beset by injuries. Senior Vanessa Zamarripa, ranked No. 1 in vault, landed on her knees to end the Bruins’ night, but the team couldn’t have won its seventh title even if she had scored a perfect 10. (Full story here.)
“Emotionally, physically, mentally, we are spent,” coach Valorie Kondos Field said. “We left it all on the floor. As a coach, I could not ask for more from them.”
Florida, coached by former UCLA All-American Rhonda Faehn, won its first national title despite two falls off the beam to open the day. Oklahoma placed second, and two-time defending champion Alabama finished third.
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