Mitchell Anxious To Get Back On The Field

Auburn signee Jakell Mitchell is ready to get back on the field after a knee injury forced him to miss his senior season.

Opelika, Ala.--After a knee injury forced him to miss his entire senior season Auburn tight end/H-back signee Jakell Mitchell is pumped about getting his collegiate days started on the Plains when he begins classes next week.

Currently 6-3, 220 pounds and ready to get back on the field this fall, Mitchell says he has worked hard to get back to full speed and he can't wait to get things started on Monday.

"I'm very excited about getting ready to go to school," Mitchell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's another level and a new family. It's college football and what I have always dreamed of. It's getting ready to come true.

"I'm pretty excited about getting back on the field," he adds. "It has a long time since I have played. I just can't wait to get back out there."

Injuring his knee during a 7-on-7 tournament early last summer, Mitchell worked hard to try to get back on the field for Coach Brian Blackmon's Bulldogs and actually dressed out late in the season when they played rival Auburn High, but that was a close as he would come. Not wanting to put his talented tight end in harm's way, Blackmon decided not to push Mitchell back in action.

Mitchell was primed for a huge senior season until his injury

Even though he couldn't help his team try to reach the state championship game for the second consecutive season, Mitchell never stopped working to get back into playing shape and that has continued throughout the winter and spring.

"My knee feels great right now," Mitchell says. "I'm moving it side to side and everything is doing fine. I still rehab every day just like I was doing when I was trying to get back during the season. It's a lot stronger than it was then and I'm pretty confident with it now."

A player who should easily play in the 235 to 240 pound range on the next level, Mitchell is expected to be used in a variety of different ways in Gus Malzahn's offense. One of those ways could be in a fullback role that Jay Prosch played last season and another role is as a true tight end. Mitchell notes he is ready to do his part no matter the position.

"I'm very excited about things," he says. "I feel like I can be very involved in the offense. I'm just ready to step in and show what I can do."

Part of a highly-rated recruiting class that is coming in ready to challenge for early playing time as the Tigers try to finish what they started last season and win a national title, Mitchell says he and his fellow newcomers can't wait to get the chance to show what they can do.

"We have a pretty great bond," Mitchell points out. "We're pretty close already. When we get there it's going to get even stronger. That's just going to make us better teammates and better players overall."

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