His Choice to Make

VALDOSTA – Athlete Malcolm Mitchell knows which position he'll play when his Georgia career begins.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete made plays on both sides of the ball for Valdosta High School this season. As Mitchell progressed on both offense and defense, fans and analysts alike debated where he would play on the college level.

When he arrives in Athens June 5, Mitchell says, he'll be lining up at receiver.

"The coaches let me decide," Mitchell said. "I just want the ball in my hands to make plays."

Both Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham wanted Mitchell for their own, but they let Mitchell make the call.

The option to also play cornerback is still viable, but Mitchell, who goes by the nickname 'Tampa,' will start out solely at receiver to begin with.

"My junior year I really fell in love with playing defense," Mitchell said. "It was all I wanted to do. But this season I saw I could really make plays on offense."

Currently, Georgia is looking to replace star receiver A.J. Green and solid senior Kris Durham.

Mitchell joins Chris Conley, Justin Scott-Wesley and Sanford Seay at the receiver position in the 2011 signing class.

"(Mitchell's) skills as a receiver were relatively raw," Valdosta coach Rance Gillespie recently told Socut.com. "He worked and refined those skills, and he went out to become a better receiver each and every day. I feel like he did that."

When the need for a playmaking receiver at Georgia was mentioned, Mitchell responded quickly.

"I'm ready," he said.

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