In-State QB Is One To Watch

Given head coach David Cutcliffe's history with signal callers, it's no wonder that Duke is making a move with several big time prep quarterbacks. That's the case in 2013 where the Blue Devils are working hard on a number of players including this local standout.

There is little doubt that Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield High standout Connor Mitch is one of the best players in the Old North State. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Mitch possesses a strong arm and better accuracy. Which is why college coaches are swooning and opposing high school defenses are terrorized.

"We're 6-0 on the season and our offense is averaging more than 40 points per game," said Mitch. "We have been pretty much unstoppable so far."

It's more of the same for a prospect that threw for more than 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns as a sophomore for Wakefield. So far in 2011 he's added another 1,800 yards and 22 scores.

"Out offense expects a lot out of the quarterback. I have to check down and takes what the defense gives me. Sometimes I need to run, and other times I need to check the receivers. My main job is to control the pace of the game. I've spent the off-season really working on making certain throws and improving my speed and my ability to make plays with my legs."

The work has paid off both in numbers and with college coaches coming out to see Mitch in action. Many of them have primers after Mitch spent most of 2011's summer on the camp circuit.

"I went to 13 different camps at the various schools I'm interested in. I looked at those opportunities as a chance to tryout for the coaches and prove that I'm worthy of a scholarship offer from their program. Mostly I stayed on the East Coast, but I'm open to other options."

One of those options resides in Durham where head coach David Cutcliffe has quite the reputation of developing big time quarterbacks. Something Mitch has spoken to the head Blue Devil about.

"I've talked to the Duke coaches a lot about their program. Obviously Coach Cutcliffe has a great history with the Manning brothers, and teaching them most everything they know about being a quarterback. He's got an impressive history with the position and he runs a system that loves to throw the ball."

Which may be a solid feather in the cap for Duke as system is something Mitch will certainly consider heavily when narrowing down his list in a year or so.

"I'm open to pretty much anything that doesn't involve the option. I would prefer a pro-style spread offense that allows the quarterback the chance to throw the ball."

So far Mitch reports offers from NC State, East Carolina, and North Carolina. He has interest from Maryland, Alabama, Duke, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Wisconsin, and Auburn though he is in no hurry.

"I'm just enjoying the recruiting process and focusing on our season at this point. I want to keep that up and keep winning."

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