Leeds Standout Favors Tigers

Leeds linebacker Javier Mitchell talks about his junior day trip to Auburn.

Leeds, Ala.--A frequent visitor to Auburn in the last year, standout junior Javier Mitchell was on hand for a Junior Day on the Plains and he said that the Tigers are his favorite heading into the spring.

"Auburn is number one," Mitchell said. "Today I toured the campus and just saw everything. The other schools I've been to, they can't really stand up to Auburn right now."

Favoring Auburn over UAB, Nebraska and Mississippi State, Mitchell said that his most recent trip to the Plains gave him a new perspective on what the Tigers are all about.

"It gave me more information," Mitchell said. "Instead of focusing on just football it went to academics and housing and strength and conditioning and stuff like that. That's very important. It kind of builds on the recruiting process.

"It was a good visit," he added. "I got a better standpoint of where I want to be. I really enjoyed the visit. I got to talk to the coaches one on one and see what they really expect from me."

One of the key reasons for the visit for Mitchell was the opportunity to spend some time with Auburn defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ted Roof. Mitchell said that gave him a real good feeling about what he would be like to play for.

"He went over how he would coach me and the things I needed to work on," Mitchell said. "He got hands-on with me. I thought it was a good thing to be interactive with your players. I really enjoyed that."

With Auburn and UAB the only offers at the moment and several more schools on the verge of pulling the trigger, Mitchell said he would like to have a decision made soon to get it out of the way so he can concentrate on his senior year.

"I will make my decision soon," Mitchell said. "Probably in the next month. I would like to get it out of the way because I plan on graduating early."


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