Florida State's recruiting under Jimbo Fisher changed when he came in as an offensive coordinator in 2007. Now that he is the head coach for the Seminoles he has changes the way FSU recruits as their goal is to get as many commitments early in the process as possible.
FSU got their 4th commitment in 4 days and the 8th of the 2011 class as Derrick Mitchell committed to the Seminoles. Coming off of the Junior Day event this past weekend Mitchell was close to making a decision, but he said he wanted to make a few visits before wrapping it up. Today he decided that since he knew where he wanted to go there was no reason for him to wait any longer.
"I am happy to get this out of the way," said an elated Mitchell. "I am comfortable with FSU and I didn't want to let this opportunity pass me by. I wanted to check out places and all that but I know where I want to go. Also, I saw that they got another commitment yesterday so I didn't want to let my spot get passed up. I know the coaches want to get guys in early now."
"I didn't realize how hectic this process was going to be with all of the calls and everything," continued Mitchell. "There have been a lot of coaches coming by First Coast and I know it would have gotten worse when they're allowed to call. FSU is where I want to be and I am happy."
Mitchell said that he committed to Coach Haggins around 5 PM today. He said that the FSU defensive tackles coach was pretty happy with the decision.
"Coach Haggins was ecstatic and very happy when I told him I was committing," explained Mitchell. "He was telling me how he wanted to keep it in the family. He said that I have the opportunity to come in and play early if I take care of business like running and eating right and working out. He feels like the sky is the limit with me."
Besides being comfortable with FSU and having the chance to play early it was the new direction of the program that made Mitchell knows he wanted to be a Seminole.
"I can see the changes Coach Fisher is making in the program and I like it," said Mitchell. "It's getting real there and there is just a faster pace about things. FSU is getting a National Championship soon. I am very comfortable with Coach Fisher because he is a guy who's been around a few years now and he is a guy who not only knows offense but he knows about defenses, too."
His father was pulling for FSU throughout Derrick's recruitment. He said his father is very happy that the FSU tradition will continue.
"My dad is happy I committed because he's wanted me to do it for a while now," said Mitchell. "He put in his thoughts throughout and all but he is happy now. I am not sure my mom knows yet so I will get the chance to surprise her when I get home."
The future for the Seminoles is bright and Derrick says he can't wait to be apart of it.
"I feel like while I am there we will win a title," said Mitchell. "It's going to be while I am there for sure. With these past few classes they've brought in it's going to be sick."
Derrick says he may still make a visit to another school but it's going to take something out of this world to get him to not be a Seminole.
Mitchell is a Seminole
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