Arkansas' football program continues to pass out offers to in-state prospects and they continue to get younger and younger.
Jonesboro sophomore tailback Denzel Mitchell (6-0, 200, 4.41), an Alabama native and a camp standout in Fayetteville this past summer, got a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks on Monday.
The offer came through Jonesboro head coach Randy Coleman via Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., and head coach Bret Bielema.
"It was very exciting for me," Mitchell said Tuesday afternoon. "Coach Coleman got a call from Coach Lunney for me to call him back. I did and talked to him for a little bit and then he passed the phone to Coach Bielema.
"Coach Bielema said that he liked what he saw of me at camp this summer and that he had watched film of our last game and that he wanted to go ahead and offer me and let me know how much he wants me to be a part of the program," Mitchell added.
He is the second 2016 in-state prospect that Arkansas has offered along with Star City defensive end Austin Capps (6-4, 298).
Mitchell's offer comes after the Razorbacks offered Springdale Har-Ber defensive end Jake Hall (6-6, 236) last week and Fort Smith Northside junior defensive end Daytrion Dean (6-3, 245) earlier this week.
Mitchell has rushed for 1,285 yards and 13 touchdowns this season for Jonesboro after moving from Alabama in May of 2012.
He has offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas State in addition to the one that he just got from Arkansas.
"Coach Bielema made it clear to me that he wants to continue to get great running backs in the program and that he believes I have the chance to be one on the college level," Mitchell said. "He also made it clear that he gets his running backs the football."
Mitchell has been to a couple of Razorback games this season.
"I really like the Arkansas staff and think Coach Joel Thomas that coaches their running backs really does a great job and really knows what he is doing," Mitchell said. "I think they have a great coaching staff and will be winning big again soon."
Mitchell is viewed as an explosive runner.
"I think I can get better in every area, certainly in making cuts and reading my blocks and getting stronger in the weight room," Mitchell said. "But I do feel pretty good about my explosiveness and my speed."
Mitchell's family is a house divided between Auburn and Alabama.
"My mom and uncle and everyone on my mom's side are die-hard Auburn fans while my dad is an Alabama fan," Mitchell said. "So when the Iron Bowl comes around at the end of the year, it truly is a house divided."
So which side does Denzel fall on in the rivalry?
"To be honest with you I have grown up more of a Florida fan than one of either Alabama or Auburn," Mitchell said. "More than anything I am an SEC fan and it is the league that I can see myself playing in."
Mitchell is in no hurry to make a decision.
"It is so early in my career right now and I am so young that I am not even thinking about that right now," Mitchell said. "I'm just trying to go out there and help my team win."
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