In-Depth Visit A Positive For Mitchell

Linebacker prospect Javiie Mitchell talks about the academic side of things on his Auburn visit and what he likes about the Tigers.

Leeds, Ala.—A frequent visitor to the Auburn campus since the summer before his junior year at Leeds High, talented linebacker prospect Javiie Mitchell got to see several different sides of Auburn over the weekend on his official visit to check out the Tigers. While the football game and atmosphere was important, he said equally as important was getting to see all sides of the engineering program.

"It was a good visit," Mitchell said. "I got to see everything. I got to talk with the engineers here. It was productive. It's huge because I'm going to be living here for like 4-5 year so it's good to get a grip on everything.

Academic-wise, I really like the engineering program, the college football that they offer and they're building new facilities that I really like."

Hosted on his visit by defensive end Nosa Eguae, Mitchell said having the chance to hang out with the players is always a highlight of his time at Auburn.

"It's always good being around other football players, especially on Auburn's team," he said. "I got to bond with them and connect with them and see how they interact with each other."

One of the players Mitchell has already spent a lot of time with is current freshman cornerback Jonathan Rose. A teammate at Leeds, Mitchell said having his friend on the team gives him a unique perspective during recruiting.

"From his perspective I get to see how everything happens at Auburn University," Mitchell said. "It's good having someone you know in a place where you're not too familiar. Especially since it will be early for me coming in January and I'll have him to rely on."

Having already visited Mississippi State officially Mitchell said his trip to Auburn was better because he was able to get more in-depth in touring the campus and the academic side of things. Stopping just short of naming a leader he said he's still considering Georgia and Tennessee in addition to Auburn and MSU, but doesn't plan on announcing his decision until Nov. 28.

Saying he's conservative and wants to be sure of his decision Mitchell said there are certain things that will make the difference for him when the time comes. "The biggest factor I'm looking at is how I connect with the coaches," he said. "Smaller factors would be like academics and location. That's pretty much it."

Currently preparing to face Abbeville in the playoffs, Mitchell has learned to be physical and tough at defensive tackle and even noseguard for the Green Wave in his career. He said that should allow him a chance to be a more physical when the time comes to play linebacker on the next level, a role he's ready for.

"Yes sir I am," Mitchell said. "It's crazy in the trenches. It's always physical on the offensive and defensive line. Having that kind of toughness about myself I'll be able to drop back into coverage and take on blocks from offensive linemen because I've done it before."

Something that should help Auburn's chances is a lack of depth at linebacker. With a few players banged up they had to move guys around to have a true second-team at the position while finishing off the win over Ole Miss. Mitchell said that's something he noticed and it will play into his decision.

"It's a huge factor because I feel like I have the ability to come in and put forth 150 percent effort," Mitchell said. "Just do my best and probably get even a starting spot. That is good."

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