OAKLEY -- The recruiting process for one of the most sought-after prospects in East Bay history came to an end Wednesday without any twists or turns.

Joe Mixon signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma, sticking to the commitment he made during the Army All-American game last month.

The five-star running back from Freedom High held over 50 scholarship offers and received so much attention from college coaches that he can't even remember how many times he changed his phone number over the last year.

But when signing day rolled around, he didn't hesitate to join Bob Stoops' Oklahoma team, which is coming off a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and produced Mixon's idol, Adrian Peterson.

Mixon faxed in his letter early in the morning, putting to rest any speculation that he might pull off a signing day surprise.

"This whole month since I committed, it's been hectic," Mixon said. "There's been a whole lot of rumors and everything about me going to UCLA or me flipping to a school. But you know what, I stuck to where I was going and now I'm a Sooner."

Mixon, who is considered the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, finished with 4,281 career rushing yards at Freedom. He was a finalist for the Army All-American national player of the year award and was named MVP of the prestigious all-star game.

His position coach at Oklahoma, Cale Gundy, called him "a home run threat every time he touches the ball."

Stoops mentioned Mixon's physical running style during his signing day press conference.

"Tough, very elusive and really smooth out in space catching the football," the head coach said.

Mixon shared the stage in a signing ceremony after school with his Freedom teammate, Patrick Choudja.

The defensive end didn't announce his college decision until that moment, and got emotional before stating that he had chosen Nevada over Fresno State and Boise State.

"They showed me great love," Choudja said of Nevada. "They came to my house about four times, always kept in touch with me. It just seemed like it would be a good fit for me."

Choudja, who finished with 14 sacks in his senior season, arrived a couple minutes late for the signing day ceremony. He was busy getting a Wolf Pack design shaved onto the back of his head in honor of his college choice.