Mitchell's First Stop: Ames

After leading his team to an 11-2 record this season and a trip into the third round of the state playoffs, Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher linebacker Josh Mitchell is starting to see his recruiting pick up. As a result, Mitchell's happy to report that his month of December is filling up.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder will make his first official visit this weekend to Ames, and will hit Southern Miss for another on December 12th. He also indicated Georgia Tech and Bowling Green are possibilities, as well.

"I have offers from Iowa State and Southern Miss, and have set visits there," said Josh Mitchell. "Georgia Tech has been calling me and they told me that it was looking pretty good they were going to offer me. They had to sit down and talk to their head coach. Bowling Green has also been calling lately."

Asked if he has any favorites, Mitchell said, "I don't really have any. I'm going to let the visits take place and see how it unfolds from there."

What do the Cyclones have going for them?

"I like the fact that I can probably go there and get early playing time," Mitchell said. "I like how Coach (Brian) Woods has really been recruiting me hard. He's been calling every chance he gets. When the new week starts, he calls the same time every Monday. I'm buying what he's selling."

Woods, a defensive graduate assistant, and secondary coach Chris Ash have teamed up in recruiting Mitchell.

The inside linebacker secured numerous accolades after a banner senior season in the Jacksonville area. Those honors included All-Gateway Conference and all-district in Class 5A. He was also named defensive player of the year in Northeast Florida and locked up a spot on the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 24 Team.

He racked up nearly 200 total tackles, including 32 combined in Fletcher's two playoff victories.

Mitchell describes himself as the prototype MIKE linebacker, because he's adept at stopping the run.

"I get in the middle of it, take on the fullback and am able to make plays on the running back in the hole," he said. "I have the strength to go in there and mix it up with the linemen, but have the speed to be able to drop back and cover."

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