"It was a great experience," says the 6-1, 210-pound All-State linebacker from Stephenson High School. "It was probably one of the first college spring games I went to. I actually haven't been to any of the Auburn regular season games, but I really felt like I was at a real game.
"I really felt like Auburn was a good place to be at," Mitchell-Thornton adds. "I talked with the coaches and a lot of the fans. I talked to a couple of the players, including a couple of guys who I know who actually went down there who went to my school. They told me it is a great place to be." One of those Auburn is a football player who saw action in the A-Day Game, walk-on running back Jeffrey Tarver.
The linebacker says he had a good conversation with James Willis, who is the linebacker coach for the Tigers.
"Coach Willis talked to me about the whole recruiting process--where I would play if I actually went down there and their overall impression of me and what they think about me as far as offering and things like that," he says.
Mitchell-Thornton notes that Willis talked to him about the possibility that Auburn may be offering a scholarship. "He said he was very interested," the linebacker says. "He said he watched my highlight films about 10 times and couldn't see any weak part to my game."
With 10 scholarships already, more could be on the way for Mitchell-Thornton, who is drawing interest from colleges as far away as Big 12 country and the West Coast. An athlete who is interested in studying business in college, he says his long-term goal is to earn an MBA.
Another SEC school has expressed interest. "I have been hearing a lot lately from Florida," he says. "I am supposed to be going to Georgia Tech's spring game this week. I am also supposed to be going to Florida's spring game, too."
The linebacker will begin spring practice on May 5th. He says as he prepares for his senior season he will be working on a variety of areas--quickness, strength and tackling form. As a junior he made 102 tackles with six sacks while earning All-State honors.
Overall, he notes he had a good time making the trip down I-85 from the Atlanta area to the AU campus. "I have actually been to Auburn a lot of times," he points out. "I am almost a veteran down there going on the tours. Going on a tour on A-Day, I was almost telling everybody where things are at because I have been to three or four camps at Auburn."