"It went great," said the 6-5 300 Andrew Mitchell. "I work out in the off-season at Athlete's Performance right near ASU so I'm very familiar with the area, and the campus. It was really nice meeting the coaches, the players…the whole thing was pretty cool. I was the only player visiting this weekend, so you can say I really got special attention."
Not only was Mitchell impressed with Arizona State's 9-1 record this year, but he was also very intrigued about the fact that if he did commit here he would have a chance to play right away for a premiere program. "I'm looking for a program where I can play right away and that's exactly what they have," he stated. "It's not easy for a junior college kid to find a top 5, top 10 program. That's a big thing for me. The coaches here have a ton of experience and are doing a good job here, so it's all good."
Andrew Mitchell grew up and played his high school football in Choctaw, Okla. After high school, Mitchell went to Dixie Junior College in Utah as a tight end. After one season he chose to go on his two-year Mormon mission. After he finished his mission he went to Snow Community College, and redshirted as a tight end.
During that redshirt season he started thinking about switching positions. Mitchell beefed up some 45 pounds and added strength in the weight room, and took himself from an average tight end to an above average athletic offensive tackle for a Snow program which consistently ranks in the upper echelon of junior college polls.
Mitchell claimed that his move from tight end has brought a lot of athleticism to his game. "People say I'm very quick for my size," he said. "I grew into my body this year but I feel that I play very physical and with an attitude. I feel that to play at the next level you have to be physical and tough and I think I have that, as well as the quickness to match up with defensive ends and linebackers on the perimeter."
Just before Mitchell tripped to ASU, he visited its arch rival in Tucson. "It's a completely different atmosphere there," he explained. "In terms of the football programs, they're in two different places. ASU is probably two years ahead of U of A in terms where either program is at and what they can do right now and what they'll be able to do the next few years. It's just two different places."
Mitchell didn't commit to ASU, but admitted to the Sun Devil staff that "I find it real hard not seeing myself here in January. I'm scheduled for some more visits but I think I might cancel them. I didn't want to do anything impulsive. I want to take a few days, take all the information in, think things over, digest and evaluate everything before I make a decision. I'll probably have a decision by the end of this week if I'm gonna commit or take more visits."
"I thought I was gonna take all my visits anyway, but you kind of figure out where things are. You don't wanna take more visits, mislead people and waste their time. I'm just gonna think everything through and make a decision."
ASU and Arizona were his first two official visits. He's scheduled to visit North Carolina State this weekend, Oklahoma State on 12/7 and Kansas State on 12/14. As a mid-year transfer the first day he can sign his Letter of Intent is on December 19th.
Mitchell Excited About Opportunities at ASU
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