Mitchell Enjoys Big Cat, But Taking His Time

Javiere Mitchell talks favorites, offers and his visit to Auburn.

Leeds, Ala.--Versatile defender JaViere Mitchell of defending Class 3A State Champion Leeds High School was a visitor to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend, but remains wide open with his recruitment and expects to make a college decision this fall.

"I'm still going to stick with October," Mitchell explains. "I might move the date up a little bit, but I'm not sure right now. I want to get all of my camps in, get all of my visits in. I want to get to know all as many people as I can and really experience each college choice."

Mitchell, who moved from defensive line to linebacker this spring, claims offers from "UAB, Southern Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Clemson."

Mitchell says that his visit to Auburn helped out the Tigers' case for his signature, but wasn't ready to name a leader, just a general list of favorites. "It would be Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama," he says. "Florida just came into the picture, so I'm excited about that."

Mitchell is shown in action in the state championship game last December.

The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker has helped Leeds win the state title two of the last three years from the defensive end position. This spring he made the move to linebacker, where he says he would fit into the Auburn 4-3 defensive system.

"I had a one-on-one with Coach (Ted) Roof," Mitchell says of his time at Big Cat. "We went over the plays and the schemes at linebacker. They told me I was ideal for their defense and their scheme that they run."

Auburn coaches made the trip up to Leeds during the spring evaluation period to see Mitchell practice.

"I tried to prove myself to them," Mitchell says. "I wanted them to see me play and let them see me have fun.

"I was kind of nervous about it," he adds of the switch to linebacker. "I've had my hand down in the dirt ever since I started playing football. It was a new experience for me. I got some work in at it and I'm still getting used to."

Auburn gained two commitments from Big Cat Weekend for the class of 2013 already, Shane Callahan and Ricardo Louis.

"I went to Auburn, had fun, met some new people, got to see some new faces and really enjoyed the atmosphere," Mitchell says. "I learned a little bit more about Auburn football, and I'm excited about it. I got exposed to a lot of stuff. I played a lot of games, got in depth with the coaches and really had a good time."

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