Joe Mixon has the potential to be a very big impact player at the college level, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are officially on his radar.
The Fighting Irish recently offered the 4-star athlete recruit, and it was a notable offer for Mixon, according to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com.
It is another big offer for Mixon, who now has more than 30 offers, but he said there is something special about getting Notre Dame especially since he's been communicating with that staff for so long.
"I've been talking to them for a minute now," Mixon said. "They came down to the school probably two times before they offered me or three times. I have been waiting for that offer for a minute."
While this is certainly a notable first step in the recruiting relationship between the two, there's still a lot to do for Notre Dame.
Mixon is one of the better players in the 2014 class, and he has the offer list to prove it. Notre Dame is going to have to win his commitment over, and the Fighting Irish will have to compete with a ton of schools. They'll also have to convince him to leave the west coast and Pac-12 country, as he is from Oakley, CA.
The good news is, Mixon believes Notre Dame will make his top 10 or top 15 cut. What's not certain is whether or not the Fighting Irish will eventually receive an official visit, per Gorney's report.
"It's a little too early to say (Notre Dame will get an official visit) but they're definitely considered one of the top schools. There have been so many offers coming in and they're good ones, too, so I have to do my research and sit down and find out about these schools."
Landing an official visit will be a huge next step for the Fighting Irish, so they'll have to do everything they can to make it happen.
From Notre Dame's perspective, it's a simple pitch. He's a west coast kid, but South Bend has a ton to offer if you can get past the cold winter weather.
Notre Dame's campus is beautiful, it's historic and the football program speaks for itself. Fighting Irish football was a draw even when it was struggling, so now that Brian Kelly has the program back in contention—Notre Dame can basically recruit itself.
From a football perspective, Mixon can play running back or outside linebacker at 6'2'', 195 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 16 athlete in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite.
Kelly is the type of coach that will put him in the best position to succeed, whether it be out of the backfield or on the edges of the defense, and Mixon would legitimately have a chance to compete for national championships with Notre Dame.
With the way that he's recruiting, Kelly is building a program that is going to be competitive nationally for a long time.
Don't let the big loss to Alabama fool you, Notre Dame football is here to stay.
Checking all of that out has to be worth using up an official visit if you're an elite recruit. For Notre Dame's sake, hopefully Kelly and his staff can get Mixon to see that way.
He'd definitely be one of the more important recruits on Notre Dame's 2014 radar.