Houston area tight end makes decision

Arizona has done a good job mining North Shore High School in Galena Park, TX for talent. They have their eye on a few players from the Houston area powerhouse. One of those players made a commitment on Tuesday, but was Arizona the destination?

Earl Mitchell pulled the commitment trigger and chose Arizona over Oklahoma State. One of the best looking specimens in the state, Mitchell will wow you both physically and in the way that he carries himself.

"I committed to Arizona today," Mitchell said. Mitchell is the second of a possible seven D-I prospects hailing from Coach David Aymond's North Shore powerhouse to verbally end the suspense. He joins Chykie Brown in choosing a school. Brown, who the Cats pursued, will play his college ball at Texas

Arizona and Oklahoma State were in a knock-down, drag-out for 6-2, 245 pound Mitchell. He's a versatile athlete who projects to make an impact on the D-I level at as many as 5-6 different positions. Although Mitchell liked both programs, one team stood out as the school and the highly regarded prep gave Scout.com/CatTracks the news...

"I just decided to do it early today, before the start of the season," Mitchell explained. "Arizona was the coaching staff I called the most, and the school recruiting me the hardest."

The Galena Park athlete, make no mistake, is a big-time pick up for Arizona, OL Coach Eric Wolford (recruits Greater Houston Area) and also HB/TE Coach Josh Heupel (also tasked with responsibility/territory to land stallions in the G.H.A.). Heupel looks to gets the opportunity to develop Mitchell as an H-Back/TE if he doesn't eventually find himself being asked to man up as a defensive end .

"I'm not opposed to playing any position, but I think I might like the H-Back/TE position," said the Texas Top 100 selection. "I've never played DE, and after getting the fullback position down pat toward the end of last year -- first year ever playing there -- I thought I did pretty good."

The highly regarded prep was receiving serious interest from the around the country, holding several official offers in hand. Arguably one of the more underrated prospects in the Lone Star State, several other programs were expected to make a play for the senior-to-be after other tall tight ends/defensive ends began committing to other programs. Arizona did not treat Mitchell as a back-up plan and received the verbal pledge

Mitchell is a nice pick-up for the Cats. After the defection of Jermichael Finley from the Cats to Texas, the Wildcats found themselves shut out of the Houston area for the first time in years. Just two years ago Wolford and the Cats received commitments from seven Houston area players.

It is also re-opens doors to the strong North Shore program. It is the same school that current Wildcat Sean Jones graduated from and the same program that produced Chris Johnson, Michael Jolivette and Reggie Sampay.

JR Season Stats:"5-6 knockdown blocks a game -- we played about 12 Games -- so about 60 or 70 knockdowns for the season."

Academics: 3.2 GPA; ACT scores not yet known, though, expected to qualify.

Star Rating Projection: 3-star, and 4-star possibilities.
4 star.
Brad Allis contributed to this story

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