Coach Says Commitment A Great Fit for Tigers

Coach Brian Blackmon talks about Auburn football commitment Jakell Mitchell and his potential as a collegian.

Opelika, Ala.--Coach Brian Blackmon has nothing but good things to say about new Auburn football commitment Jakell Mitchell, who chose Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers while participating in AU's Big Cat Weekend.

Mitchell, a 6-3, 220-pound class of 2014 prospect at Opelika High, was a key player in his team's run into the Class 6A state finals last season.

"He is a great kid--just a terrific young man," Blackmon tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He has known for a long time that he wanted to have an opportunity to play college football. He has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the field to give himself that opportunity. His hard work has shown with his production on the field.

"Jakell is a very versatile player," Blackmon points out. "I feel like he is going to be a great fit for them in that H spot. He can also play that inside wide receiver spot if they need him to.

"For us he does so many things," the coach says. "He rushes the passer. He plays fullback, he plays H-back, he plays tailback. He is just a very versatile kid so I think Auburn is getting a great player and a great kid."

A three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, Mitchell chose Auburn over Florida, Alabama, LSU, Florida State, North Carolina and many other colleges.

"He did a great job during the recruiting process of visiting all of the schools that were recruiting him," Coach Blackmon says. "He and his dad took visits in the spring.

"I think at the end of the day he realized that all of the Southeastern Conference schools have great facilities and they all have great coaches," Blackmon notes. "I think with him and Auburn he could see himself in that role in their offense. It is very similar to what he does for us and I think he wanted a place where he would be a great fit to be an every down player who fits the every down offense.

"He can see that in Coach Malzahn's system," Blackmon notes. "I think Coach Lashlee did a tremendous job recruiting him and selling him on that point." Rhett Lashlee is Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

Mitchell's Opelika High Bulldogs are expected to be strong again this season.

Blackmon says the Tigers will be adding a player who will continue to grow physically and as a football player.

"I think he has great potential," the coach says. "He is real athletic. Especially as a tight end, he can do so much more than just put his hand on the ground and be a blocker and a part-time receiver. He can do a lot more than that.

"I think he has a tremendous upside," Blackmon adds. "I think he is going to gain a lot of weight. He is a multi-sport kid for us at Opelika--he plays basketball and did track. I think when he gets into a 365-day weight program, and there are not so many distractions, he will blossom into the player that we think he can be in college and Auburn thinks he can be."

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