Joe Mixon made his long-awaited decision, selecting Oklahoma during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

The Freedom High senior, considered the nation's premier all-purpose high school running back, picked the Sooners over Wisconsin and UCLA.

Mixon is among the most highly-recruited East Bay football players ever, along with past standouts De La Salle's D.J. Williams, Aaron Taylor and Amani Toomer, El Cerrito's Jamir Miller and Monte Vista's Kyle Wright.

In his senior season, Mixon, who is 6-foot-2 and 214 pounds, rushed for 1,704 yards and 28 touchdowns in 11 games, including 470 yards and nine touchdowns in two North Coast Section Division I playoff games. During his three-year varsity career, Mixon amassed 4,281 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns.

Mixon had an impact in Saturday's game with a touchdown run in the first half, also turning a short pass reception into a big gain. After his touchdown, Mixon tossed the ball into the crowd before being interviewed on the sideline on the national telecast.

As a junior at Freedom, Mixon was part of a highly-touted Falcons trio of quarterback Dante Mayes and wideout/defensive back Darrell Daniels. Maes was a redshirt freshman at Nevada this season, and Daniels was moved to tight end at Washington.

Consider Mixon's decision another big win for the No. 11 Sooners, who upended third-ranked Alabama 45-31 on Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl.