Iowa State entered the mix for Elkhart (Ind.) Concord Community safety Cedric Mitchell late last week and it didn’t take long for the emerging prospect to schedule a visit to take a closer look at his first Power 5 offer.
The 6-foot-2 Mitchell, who is regarded as the No. 13 safety in the Midwest in the 2017 class (and the third-best in Indiana), will use his spring break to take a closer look at prospective schools. After visiting Notre Dame on Wednesday, Mitchell will visit Iowa State on Thursday and Friday and Indiana on Saturday.
“I’m going to try to fit all these visits into my schedule as much as I can during spring break because that’s the only time I have time,” Mitchell said of his busy week. “Summer might be the time where I go and travel mostly."
Iowa State’s offer last week, his first Power 5 offer, joined the likes of Toledo, Western Michigan, Temple, Ball State and Miami (OH). Both Notre Dame and Indiana are in the evaluation stage with the in-state defensive back.
Mitchell began contact with his lead recruiter, Iowa State assistant Eli Rasheed, in recent weeks before the offer came in last week.
“I just started talking to them a couple weeks ago and they’ve been trying to get to know me and all of that,” Mitchell said. “It’s really exciting [to get the offer] because I like that they see something in me that nobody else has as in a Power 5 college. That’s really exciting.”
The offer came in last week from Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, who told Mitchell the Cyclones see him most likely playing free safety.
“It was just really exciting to talk to the head coach straightforward and letting me know what they see in me and how they see me fitting in the program and what my future could hold in their program,” Mitchell said. “They really like the speed and all. They know I can go down and hit hard, so they could probably move me around to strong safety or free safety, whatever is needed to help out the program.”
Mitchell’s offers have all come within the last three weeks, making the past month a hectic one to sort through. After getting on visits to the interested Power 5 schools this week, Mitchell will get a better feel for his recruitment.
For now, Mitchell doesn’t have a clear timeline for his recruitment, but the Iowa State offer marks a significant moment in the process.
“Now that the bigger colleges are coming around, and as more bigger colleges come around, I want to see my options before I choose,” Mitchell said. “What I really want to see in a college is pretty much the family atmosphere and how they treat the players. And the education is the biggest thing I’m looking for.”
What the In-State Schools are Saying
"[Notre Dame] said they’re recruiting three safeties and they want me in that three range, so they said they could potentially offer but they want to continue to talk to me and want me to get up there and see the campus and all that before anything big. Then IU, they pretty much have said the same thing. They want me to come up and see the campus and talk to all the coaches before they make the big [decision]."