Mansfield (Texas) Legacy cornerback and Arkansas native Tevin Mitchel (6-0, 180, 4.4) announced publicly Monday night that he has decided to be a Razorback instead of a Cornhusker.
Mitchel committed to Nebraska earlier this year, but an offer from Arkansas and an official visit to Fayetteville caused the U.S. Army All American and Scout.com 4-star prospect to change his mind.
"It came down to it and I've made my decision," Mitchel said on statewide radio in Arkansas. "I would like to spend the next four years and play my college football at the University of Arkansas."
In becoming Arkansas' 25th commit of the 2011 class, Mitchel helped the Razorbacks jump to No. 5 in the Scout.com's team recruiting rankings from number 10 and are now only behind fourth-ranked Alabama when it comes to SEC teams.
Mitchel, who lived in Pine Bluff until he was going into the ninth grade, is the son of former Pine Bluff and Oklahoma University quarterback Eric Mitchel.
"He was just telling me it is pretty much up to you," the younger Mitchel said. "I thought about it and I would like to come back home."
Mitchel actually committed to the Razorbacks on Friday night when coaches conducted an in-home visit.
"They were all very excited," Mitchel said.
The elder Mitchell, who spurned the Razorbacks to play for the Sooners, was proud of his son's decision and how he handled the process.
"When he first committed to Nebraska, Nebraska offered something at the time that he couldn't turn down, which was playing five to six defensive backs at a time," Eric Mitchel said. "He felt right off the bat that he could come in and make an impact and start.
"I wasn't worried about things education wise because any time you attend a Division I institution, it is up to you to receive a good education," Mitchel added. "I was worried about will he be on field, will he get acclimated to the system."
The elder Mitchel listened to Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and assistants John L. Smith and Tim Horton and came away impressed.
"After going to Fayetteville and talking to Coach Smith, Coach Horton and Coach P - the head coach - it was a tremendous feeling," Mitchel said. "He was overwhelmed how they treated him. He got along with the players, he saw how the players treated each other and they accepted him really quick. They took him in and it was something that I had never seen in all my years of playing."
"He just fell right there, his mother was there and she and I talked about it," Mitchel said. "I just wanted to always put him in position that he would make the decision where he would spend the next four years of his life. He said 'This is where I want to go.' I said 'Are you sure?' Wherever he goes I would be there. I was kind of leaning toward Arkansas was well, but I couldn't allow him to see that because I didn't influence him.
Mitchel has tons of family in Arkansas that will now have an easier time seeing him play his college football.
"We are all ecstatic and extremely happy and it will be a heck of a lot less travel to see him play," Eric Mitchel said.
Mitchel started playing football in the ninth grade after he moved from Arkansas.
"Most of my family has never seen me play football before because I started playing my freshmen year of high school," Mitchel said. "It will be great for my family that is all in Little Rock to come down to Fayetteville or Little Rock and come see me play. Especially my mom and two sisters."
It was hard for Tevin Mitchel to pick out the favorite part of his visit to Fayetteville.
"It is hard to pick out just one thing because the whole visit caught my attention," Tevin Mitchel said. "I had a great time on both days. There were a lot of things that I saw that impressed me."
He did get a chance to meet some Razorback fans.
"I didn't know that the Arkansas fans were that crazy about Razorback football," Mitchel said. "That kind of surprised me as well even though I am from Arkansas."
Tevin Mitchel was very impressed with Jerico Nelson, his recruiting host and the a standout Razorback junior defender.
"Jerico, that is a guy after spending just two days with him, that I can say I look up to him, ask him questions," Mitchel said. "He is a great leader and from watching him, he is a great leader on and off the field. He is just a great person to me."
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