Mitchell Jr. Picks Hawks

Derrick Mitchell Jr. on Thursday became Iowa's 10th known verbal in the 2013 Class. The WR from St. Louis talks about his pledge in this Hawkeye Insider story.

Most recruits will tell you that they're looking for the right fit. It may be cliche, but it's also a given.

Derrick Mitchell Jr. said he found that in Iowa. He verbally committed to the Hawkeyes on Thursday, giving the school 10 known pledges in the Class of 2013.

"They care," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver from St. Louis said. "They care about their players like family. They're not just about football."

Mitchell Jr. said he had eight scholarship offers. He had narrowed his list to five. It included Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas State and Nebraska.

"Iowa was a school I wanted to go to right from the beginning of my recruiting process," Mitchell Jr. said. "They were really on me about wanting me to come there to go to school. I just felt like it was time to go ahead and commit."

Mitchell Jr. visited Iowa City in April. At that time, he said the Hawkeye coaches were torn about bringing him in as either a wide receiver or safety.

"They asked me what I wanted to be," said Mitchell, who reports a 4.48-second, 40-yard dash time. "I said receiver and they had a need at receiver. So, that's how it came down.

"I like the ball in my hands. It allows me to make big plays in the open field." ranks Mitchell Jr. as a three-star recruit. The service lists him as the 80th-best safety nationally in '13.

Asked if he was solid with his Iowa commitment and done with the recruiting process, Mitchell Jr. left the door open a crack.

"I can't say that yet because I haven't taken any official visits," he said. "But right now it feels kind of right to me right now."

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