Mitchell Talks Auburn Camp, Recruiting

Leeds High standout Javiie Mitchell talks Auburn camp and how recruiting is going.

Leeds, Ala.--Already with offers from several top schools including Auburn, Leeds High standout defender Javiie Mitchell decided to go ahead and participate in Sunday's camp on the Plains. The speedy linebacker didn't disappoint as he wowed everyone in attendance with his physical ability and showed he's come a long way in adjusting to playing the linebacker position.

Rated a three-star prospect and the nation's number 40 outside linebacker by Scout.com, Mitchell has the athletic ability to see both of those rise throughout his senior year. Checking in at 6-1, 197, Mitchell ran times of 4.54 and 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash on a very slow surface. He added a vertical jump of 33 ½ inches as well to round out a successful day of testing for him.

"It went very good," Mitchell said. "Every time I go there I learn something. Today the most important thing I learned was keeping my eyes on the person and not the ball.

"I don't think I did too well because there is always room for improvement," he added. "As far as the coaches were saying they liked that I ran 4.5 on sand and had good coverage skills. As for me I have a lot of things to improve on."

Mitchell goes up high trying to defend a pass on Sunday.

After playing noseguard and defensive end as a junior, Mitchell is working strictly as a linebacker at the moment and that's where he was on Sunday. He said for him the adjustment is going well and working with Coach Ted Roof helped out with that during the camp.

"It's good to get the repetitions and learn the position instead of just going through the motions," Mitchell said. "That's the main thing. I still have a long way to go. I'm still used to playing down some.

"Coach Roof is a physical person," he added. "He explains everything throughout the whole day. He was explaining the drills and going through them making sure everybody got their reps. I really appreciated that."

With offers from several schools including Auburn, Clemson, Southern Miss and UAB, Mitchell said at the moment he doesn't have a list of favorites but knows the Tigers are going to be there because of the relationships he's built. He said the camp visit only strengthened his feelings after sitting down and talking with Chizik and Roof and seeing how the coaching staff operates.

"They're not telling me anything special," Mitchell said. "They are saying they want me there. They want me to get my parents down and things like that. They have turned things up a bit. It has been wild the last couple of months. I really like Auburn.

"It lets me get a good feel on how they play football and how they do things every single day," Mitchell said of the camp visit. "It shows me how they practice and lets me interact with the coaches more. I can see how they act with their players."

Planning to make his final decision sometime before his senior year begins with a likely date in August, Mitchell said in the coming weeks he hopes to narrow his list down to a Top Five and then go from there. One thing he said he's sure of is that Auburn will be high on the list, but after that it's up in the air.

"I think I'll do like a Top five and then go from there. I still have three more camps and a few more unofficial visits before I cut my list down," Mitchell said. "I'm going to an Alabama camp and to Memphis. We have team camps at Samford, Jacksonville State and Southern Miss too. I want to visit Nebraska also. I have heard it's pretty nice there."


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