AU Commitment Mitchell On The Mend

Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell talks about his official visit, recovering from knee surgery, and more.

Opelika, Ala.--A talented offensive player that missed his entire senior season because of a knee injury, tight end Jakell Mitchell was one of a dozen Auburn commitments that took an official visit to the Plains over the weekend. Making the trip along with his family and teammate and fellow Auburn commitment Stephen Roberts, Mitchell said the weekend was perfect for his only visit before signing day.

"We had a lot of fun hanging out with some of the commits and the team," Mitchell said. "They showed us the ropes. It was a great atmosphere hanging around with guys that feel the same way you feel about the school they're committed to and share the same values you do about the sport of football. It's a lot of fun being around those types of people."

Currently 6-3, 220 and hoping to play in the 230-240 range next season at Auburn, Mitchell has been busy working to strengthen his knee since an injury during a 7-on-7 tournament last summer. While he was able to dress out late in the season and serve as a team captain he wasn't able to get back on the field.

"It feels great right now," Mitchell said. "I'm not going to say it's 100 percent, but most of my strength is back. It actually feels great. It felt good to put on my uniform again. It made me more eager to play.

"I have been tremendously tough on myself," he added of his rehab. "I was trying to work to get back during the season, but the doctor said it would kind of be a risk for my future and I didn't want any of that. I just pushed myself as hard as I could to get back where I used to be."

Jakell Mitchell

Without being able to play this season it meant that Mitchell had more time to spend talking with fellow recruits and that paid off when Roberts flipped from Alabama to Auburn. With several uncommitted prospects on hand over the weekend including five-star offensive lineman Braden Smith and four-star defenders Davon Godchaux, Andrew Williams and John Bonney, he said the weekend was a success in his mind.

"I feel like some of the uncommitted guys took a step forward towards Auburn," Mitchell said. "The guys that were there, I know they had a lot of fun because I had a lot of fun. I just feel like Auburn took a step forward this week in recruiting."

A player with the skill set that allows his to catch the ball well and also do something after the catch, Mitchell should fit well in Gus Malzahn's offense as someone that can handle the tight end and H-Back position. Fired up about what the future holds, he said now it's time to get back on the field.

"I can't wait," Mitchell said. "I literally cannot wait any longer. I don't have long to get back into the swing of things."

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