Mitchell Talks About Visit to Meet AU Coaches

Jakell Mitchell will be one of the top seniors in Alabama for the 2014 football signee class.

Opelika, Ala.--One of the reasons why Opelika High School made a run deep into the Alabama Class 6A playoffs last season was the performance of versatile junior Jakell Mitchell, who played a variety of positions for the Bulldogs.

At 6-3 1/2, 210 pounds with good speed and all-around athletic ability, Auburn's coaches made an early scholarship offer to Mitchell as an offensive player who could line up as an H-back/wingback for Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Last week the Opelika High junior and his father Mario, who played college football at Troy, stopped by the Auburn football complex to visit with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

"It was exciting and I had a lot of fun," he said of his short trip to the AU campus. "It was just a great experience. Auburn was my first SEC official offer and it was exciting.

"They talked about how I would be used in the offense, the approach they are planning to take for the next few years and what the are trying to bring back to Auburn," said Mitchell, who helped OHS reach the state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium where the Bulldogs fell to Hoover playing before a crowd estimated at more than 40,000 fans, many of them cheering for Opelika.

Mitchell said it is exciting to get early offers from Auburn, Duke, Tulane, Rice, North Carolina and Wisconsin, but noted that he is planning to keep working hard to develop as a player despite the early attention.

As a junior Mitchell played a variety of positions. He caught 26 passes for 365 yards and led the team in rushing touchdowns with 14 playing running back, tight end and linebacker.

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