Mitchell Loves Manhattan 'Atmosphere'

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Derrick Mitchell Jr. was 'Mr. Everything' at Vashon High School in St. Louis made his way to Manhattan and talks about his trip.

Derrick Mitchell Jr. was 'Mr. Everything' at Vashon High School in St. Louis this past season. The 6-foot, 184-pound junior spent time at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and led the conference in kick return yards on special teams. His recruiting interest is starting to surge, and last weekend Mitchell took his first Junior Day visit to Kansas State.

"I really liked it," said Derrick Mitchell Jr. "It's a real program. The coaches are real when they talk to you. I got to speak with Mo Latimore and the head coach, Bill Snyder. I loved the atmosphere around the campus. We went to a basketball game, and the fans were great. I was told they're going to offer; I just need to get them some paperwork."

The coaching staff at Vashon couldn't keep Mitchell off the field this season. He was rewarded for his performance with First Team All-Conference honors in the St. Louis Public High League, large division.

"I threw for more than 900 yards," Mitchell said. "I had 566 rushing yards. At wide receiver, I made 27 receptions for 342 yards. On defense, I played safety. I had one interception and four pass breakups. I scored a total of 15 touchdowns on the season. When I was named Athlete of the Year within the conference, it was the first time that a junior had won it."

Mitchell rushed for 33 yards, had 54 yards receiving, and passed for 77 yards in the Jackson game. One of his two touchdown passes was the game-winner in overtime. His best performance may have come in the first round of the playoffs against Ladue Horton Watkins when he passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns. His highlights have certainly piqued the interest of a few college coaches.

"I've been hearing the most from Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas State," said Mitchell. "I'd like to play wide receiver in college. I think I run good routes and have exceptional speed. Next year we have a good quarterback, so I'm going to focus more on wide receiver, defensive back, and special teams."

Mitchell made the trip to Manhattan with his father, Derrick Mitchell Sr., who is also his principal at Vashon. Mitchell Sr., a former basketball player, lead the nation in scoring while at Central Missouri State. Mitchell Jr.'s basketball season was just completed. He averaged 17 points-per-game for the Vashon Wolverines.

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