Mitchell Jr. Visits Iowa

The Hawkeyes were the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Derrick Mitchell Jr. The 2013 athlete from St. Louis got his first look at Iowa City over the weekend.

Derrick Mitchell Jr. says that one of the main reasons Iowa offered him a scholarship was because of his versatility on the football field.

Seems reasonable.

The Class of 2013 athlete from St. Louis said he plays quarterback, receiver, cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive end for Vashon High. He also performs on all of the special teams units.

"(The Hawkeyes) like the different positions I can play and how I can play them," the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Mitchell Jr. said. "I'm fast. They said they like that. Then, I make big plays."

Scout.com ranks Mitchell as the 60th-best safety nationally in his class. Iowa is recruiting him as a wide receiver.

Mitchell Jr. also reports a scholarship offer from Kansas State, who also sees him as receiver. He's hearing from Kansas, who views him as a defensive back, and Memphis, who is undecided at which position it would first try him.

"It's starting to pick up," Mitchell Jr. said of his recruitment. "Right after the football season, it was slow. Once Iowa offered (in February), things started to pick up. Then, I got my highlight tape out and that helped."

Mitchell Jr. saw Iowa for the first time last weekend. He visited for the public spring practice in Kinnick Stadium.

"I loved it," Mitchell Jr. said. "Overall, I just liked everything I saw. My mom enjoyed it. My grandpa enjoyed it. My little brother enjoyed it. My whole family enjoyed it."

Mitchell jr. also plays basketball and baseball and runs the 4x100 and 4x200 on the Vashon track team. He reports a 4.48-second, 40-yard dash time.

Mitchell Jr. doesn't have a hard timeline for making his college choice.

"I want to get out to the schools that have offered and are showing interest," he said. "I'd like to make my decision after my senior football season."

Iowa and Kansas State have received visits from Mitchell Jr.

"I'm looking for a college that's really about academics; that puts an emphasis on me graduating and doing well in the classroom as well as doing well on the field," he said.

Mitchell Jr. is undecided on what his college major will be.

"I'm thinking about it," he said. "I want to do something that I really enjoy doing."


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