Opelika High's Jakell Mitchell Chooses Auburn

Jakell Mitchell, a visitor to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, is one of the top prospects in the state and has committed to the Tigers.

Opelika, Ala.--Auburn's Big Cat Weekend has already produced good news for the Tigers with talented Opelika High prospect Jakell Mitchell committing to Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers during the event on Saturday.

"It is like a big weight off my shoulder and I am glad I got it done," Mitchell told Inside the Tigers.

He said that he announced his decision in front of all the recruits as they were being introduced to each other at teh Big Cat Weekend. "Everybody was cheering and the coaches were jumping up and down," he said, noting that he chose the Big Cat event to make his announcement to give the Tigers' recruiting effort a boost.

Mitchell, who will be a senior for the Bulldogs this fall, is 6-3, 220 pounds. He chose the Tigers over Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Duke, North Carolina, Tulane and others.

Recruited by the Tigers as a tight end/H-back, the versatile Mitchell should be an excellent fit in Auburn's offense. He has good hands and is a powerful runner with the football in his arms.

"It's a great school," Mitchell said of his college choice. "The way they are planning on using me in their offense is all that I could ask for.

Mitchell is shown at spring practice last month at Opelika High.

"I really like the offense and I really like the coaches," said Mitchell, who is a strong student academically at Opelika High and should have no problem being a qualifier next year.

Playing a variety of positions for Coach Brian Blackmon's Bulldogs, last season he helped Opelika to the Class 6A state finals for the first time in school history.

He caught 26 passes for 365 yards and led the team in rushing touchdowns with 14 while playing running back, tight end and linebacker.

Jakell Mitchell is shown in action for the Bulldogs.

His father, Mario Mitchell, was also a standout performer at Opelika High who went on to play collegiately at Troy.

Auburn's Big Cat Weekend is an invitation only event for prospects the Tigers have serious interest in and has attracted talented players from across the region. Mitchell, who has been a regular visitor to the AU campus this year, arrived for the event on Saturday morning and committed to the Tigers not long after that.

Auburn was the first SEC program to offer Mitchell, who is also a standout long jumper on the Opelika High track and field team.

Mitchell was a visitor at an Auburn junior day earlier this year as well as several football practices, including the A-Day Game that drew more than 83,000 fans. "I was really impressed by the pace of the game," he said. "They are featuring their tight ends running routes. The fans were incredible. They had the biggest turnout in college football. That's pretty impressive. It tells me they believe in what Mr. Malzahn is doing and the program he's bringing to Auburn."

The link has comments from Mitchell's coach on the Auburn commitment:

Blackmon Says Mitchell A Good Fit for AU Offense

The following are Auburn's Class of 2014 verbal commitments:

Auburn Verbals

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