Class of 2012 Athlete Has Strong Auburn Camp

Leeds standout Javier Mitchell talks about his camp experience at Auburn.

Leeds, Ala.--Summer camps are often times when players make a name for themselves a year in advance of the recruiting process. Over the weekend was just one of those occasions at Auburn as linebacker Javier Mitchell showed that he belongs with a select group of players for the 2012 class.

A 6-1, 198-pounder who has a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds, Mitchell definitely looks the part of an outside linebacker. Because he's just going into his junior year there's also a good chance that by the time he gets ready for college football in the fall of 2012 he could be more along the lines of 6-2, 220.

With the athleticism to finish second in the 3A state track meet this past spring in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, seven inches and third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.5 seconds, it's no wonder that schools are already beginning to show interest in him despite his lack of experience as a linebacker.

"I'm hearing from Mississippi State and now Auburn," Mitchell says. "I really love all the SEC schools, but I really love Oregon with all my heart. It's just that green."

Playing defensive end as a sophomore, Mitchell will make the move outside to linebacker this fall for what should be a very strong Green Wave team in 2010. He says that having the opportunity to camp at Auburn should only help him become a better player this season.

"The camp exposed me to a lot of things I didn't really know before," Mitchell points out. "The coaches instructed me on how to become a better player at my position. Even though it's my first time playing the outside linebacker position, if I keep on with these drills that they taught me then I can be great."

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