Auburn The First To Offer 2014 Athlete

Talented junior athlete Jakell Mitchell from Opelika talks about getting his first offer from the Auburn Tigers.

Opelika, Ala.—One of the top athletes in Alabama for the 2014 recruiting class, 6-3 1/2, 210 Jakell Mitchell from Opelika High, already has his first offer in the books.

Helping the Bulldogs reach the 6A title game this past season, the versatile Mitchell showed Gus Malzahn and the new Auburn staff enough to get an offer from the Tigers.

"Auburn offered me," Mitchell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It means a lot to me. I was excited about my first offer. I just have to keep working to get more now. I don't want to be satisfied with just one offer. I want to get a lot of them. It was real exciting."

Although the new Auburn staff has been focusing on trying to finish off the 2013 recruiting class with a bang, the fact that they saw enough in him to offer a scholarship is something that is big says Mitchell.

"I guess it means I have been doing what I set my goals to do," Mitchell says. "My goals were to work hard throughout the year and train and have a big season to accomplish this. I reached my first goal. This is what I have been working for."

Jakell Mitchell

Playing both ways for Coach Brian Blackmon's Bulldogs as both a tight end and linebacker, Mitchell also lines up at running back in short yardage situations and led the team with 14 rushing touchdowns last year. Also adding 26 receptions for 365 yards and capable of playing either side of the ball, he notes that Auburn likes him on offense.

"They are recruiting me as an H-Back or just as an athlete I think," Mitchell says. "I'm not really sure. I haven't really talked to them I just got the word that they have offered me."

Hearing from Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin and several other schools already in addition to Auburn, Mitchell says that he's excited about his future as well as the future of the Opelika program. With talented junior defensive back Stephen Roberts also a top prospect for next season he says this year's run has the Bulldogs hungry for more.

"I think it was really big for us," Mitchell says. "It was a lot of fun. We just set our mindset that we were going to do the best we could and go hard in practice every day and see how far that would take us. It energized our city and I was glad to be a part of it."

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