It's Down to Two Following Mitchem's Arizona Tour

Franklin Mitchem, a safety/linebacker from Klein, Tex. has spent the last couple of days in the Grand Canyon state visiting its two archrival schools. Earlier this summer, he has visited Texas Tech and Mississippi. Mitchem told Devils Digest on Saturday that his list of favorite schools has now narrowed down to two.

The 6-2 195 Franklin Mitchem, has been offered scholarships by all four schools he visited this summer. His desire to commit before the season starts, has prompted him to check out all of his serious suitors the last few weeks. His trip to Tempe yesterday marked what should be his last visit before his oral commitment.

"It went real good," he said of the visit to Arizona State. "I liked the academic advisor Jean Boyd. The academics are real important to me when choosing a college, and that's what impressed me the most during the visit. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their academics."

"The campus was real accessible, and you can get around really easy," Mitchem continued. "Their facilities are really nice too." Mitchem is being recruited by wide receivers coach Darryl Jackson, and naturally spent a lot of his time during the visit in his presence.

Mitchem's physical attributes are currently more suited for playing safety, but he could easily slide into a linebacker role if he gained considerable weight. "Tackling is my strong point, and my weak point is probably backpedaling," he said of his skills. "I feel that I'm good both against the run and the pass. It's just that when we play cover-two, I need to get over the top quicker."

Baylor, Duke, Tulsa, North Carolina all offered Mitchem as well. He said his GPA is over 3.0, and due to the fact that he has scored a 1000 on his SAT, he shouldn't have any problems qualifying academically.

With four unofficial visits down, what's next for the Klein standout? "I'll probably be making a decision next week," he said, "and it's gonna be between Arizona State and Texas Tech. It doesn't matter if I play close to home or not."

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