"My family and I talked about it and just felt Iowa State was the best place," Mitchell said. "I had some great choices but Iowa State checked off what I was looking for from an academic and athletic standpoint. I love the coaching staff and I'm really excited about the future of the program and how I fit in there."
Mitchell visited Iowa State in mid-March and it was obvious the Cyclones made a big impression on him.
"I loved it there," Mitchell said. "I think what stood out most for me was being with the coaching staff and walking around the campus. It's such a welcoming community and the team has bought in to Coach (Matt) Cambell's (head coach) vision.
"He believes with the right type of people and only with those types of people, can ISU become something special but the work has to be put in first and that's the vibe you get when you're there. You get the feeling that something big is about to happen there."
"It's almost scary how similar their (Iowa State) offense is to what we do at Bosco," Mitchell said. "On my visit, I volunteered to go up on the board and drew up some plays and that just further showed how similar our schemes are.
"The staff is really excited about me and what I could bring to the offense. We watched film of the offense and broke down the quarterbacks, what they do well and some of the mistakes. It was a great visit, I had a lot of fun there and I really fit in well there and for me, that's the most important thing in this process."
Mitchell has looked very good this off-season and has made some nice strides as a pure passer. He has elite speed and athleticism and can really stress a defense with his legs, either in designed runs or buying time in the pocket. As he becomes more consistent as a thrower, he'll take his game to another level.
His leadership skills are off the charts and he's high character kid as well. He's a tremendous locker room presence and it will be surprising if he's not a captain at some point in his tenure at Iowa State.