Jakell Mitchell Checks Out Auburn Practice

Opelika standout Jakell Mitchell talks about his visit to Auburn on Wednesday to see the Tigers open up spring practice.

Opelika, Ala.—Talented athlete Jakell Mitchell has been a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus since getting an offer from the Tigers in late January. On Wednesday the three-star tight end/H-Back got a different view of Coach Gus Malzahn's program as he and teammates Marquise Fulton and Marquis Wright were on hand for Auburn's first spring practice.

Getting to see Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and tight ends coach Scott Fountain all in action on the field, Mitchell says it was fun to watch the speed and tempo on the field on Wednesday.

"I had a good time today just seeing what they do on offense and how they work and the fast pace," Mitchell says. "It's kind of like my style of play. I had a lot of fun today…It was pretty fast. It was kind of like how I play in school so I'm kind of used to it.

"They are very up-tempo," he adds. "They are on time with what they have to do and they are getting it done fast. That's the way to play. When you don't give the other team time to set up their defense then you have an edge on the other team."

Playing tight end and H-Back for the Opelika Bulldogs while also adding 14 rushing touchdowns as a running back and sometimes Wildcat quarterback for Coach Brian Blackmon, Mitchell is a versatile player on the offensive side of the ball. Getting a feel for what Auburn is going to be doing on offense under the new staff, he notes that it should be a good fit for what he does.

"It's the same type of offense I run in school so I think I would be the perfect fit for that offense," Mitchell says. "With how H-Backs are becoming more popular and people are using them more I think I would fit into the offense."

Taking the time to visit several of his favorites, Mitchell has already been to LSU and Florida and is scheduled to take a trip to Florida State this weekend to watch the Seminoles work out. He says that's an important time for him to get a feel for what each school is all about.

"It shows me that all my hard work is finally paying off," Mitchell notes. "That's what I've been waiting for, for so long, to see what my hard work and talent would do. This is what it's bringing.

"I'm just taking a lot of trips and going to see every school just to get a visual of what this school looks like and how they're running their offense. I want to see what a school is doing that another school is not doing."

Planning to make his decision sometime before his senior year, Mitchell says currently everyone on his list is in the running, but he definitely sees himself playing in the SEC down the road.

"I'm considering every offer that I have," Mitchell says. "I think I want to compete with the best so the SEC is what I'm leaning towards.

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