Mitchell Nabs UA Offer

Heber Springs grid standout Braylon Mitchell (6-2, 215, 4.56) gets an offer from the University of Arkansas after an impressive performance in his one day at camp.

Heber Springs athlete Braylon Mitchell thought he had a pretty good day Sunday at the University of Arkansas Football Camp.

Turns out Mitchell (6-2, 215, 4.56) was right as the running back/linebacker's performance earned him a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks – the fifth 2010 in-state prospect to receive one.

"This is a dream come true," Mitchell said Monday after returning home. "They told me if I came up there, worked hard and showed them what I had, I would get an offer. I guess that is what I did. I am very happy about this."

Mitchell, who rushed for 1,876 yards last season, is verbally committed to Arkansas State, who offered him a scholarship three weeks ago.

"I want to be very respectful of ASU because they offered me and I verbally committed to them," Mitchell said. "I am going to take some time to talk with my mom and my dad and coaches and just go over everything.

"But like I was saying, it's been a dream of mine to play for the Razorbacks," Mitchell added. "So in a couple of days, I should have something for everybody."

He could play on either side of the ball for Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino, but loves running it more than defense.

"Coach Petrino told me he loves big backs and thinks I could fill that role," Mitchell said. "I think I run the ball hard and make good cuts. I enjoy running the ball. The thing I am working on is my blocking.

"I feel like I am a running back, but if they need me at linebacker, that's what I will do," Mitchell said.

Mitchell, who is also getting interest from Ole Miss and Tennessee, said he found the Arkansas coaches to be very focused.

"They all seem really nice and like really cool guys," Mitchell said. "I think they are guys who would help me stay focused on both the field and in the classroom."

Heber Springs head coach Steve Janski was a volunteer assistant coach at Arkansas from 1995-1999, a Razorback graduate assistant from 2000-2002 and tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina in 2002-2003.

"I came in two years ago as a sophomore and ever since then he has put me under his wing and started treating me like a son – not just me, but the whole team," Mitchell said. "We have been able to accomplish big things. Our record has gotten better each year."





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