Taking an official visit to Manhattan this past weekend, Hollywood Chaminade running back in one sense is a very hard man to track down and even harder to catch -with legitimate 4.3 speed in the forty- unless you are KStateFnas.com. We managed to get an update on the speedster and his future plans.
Standing roughly 5-foot-8 and a little over 180 pounds, TJ Mitchell is the fastest player in some parts of Florida and the fastest his Head Coach Albert Land has ever seen.
"TJ is just fast. He easily is the fastest player in Broward County (Fla.) and we play big time schools. TJ killed Booker T Washington this year and really he only played 7 games for us because he was injured," said Chaminade's Head Coach Albert Lang.
Having only played in seven games this year due to a shoulder injury suffered during the season, Kansas State liked enough of what they saw in limited action to get in on the Florida Speed Merchant.
"Well Kansas State's Running backs coach (Ricky Rahne) saw some film of TJ and really liked what he saw and it just went from there. Kansas State has been recruiting him for some time, really it was Coach Frank Leonard that saw the tape and then passed it on I think but his speed is what caught their eye. I have never coached anyone as fast as TJ is and there are just not that many kids out there that are as fast as he is. If he gets to that second level, once he gets to the linebackers, it's over; you are not going to catch him. There is not a D-back out there that is going to run TJ down from behind, he is just gone."
Electronically timed, Coach Lang says Mr. Mitchell has run a 4.38 forty and just playing around after practices, TJ has turned in scintillating times of 4.28 hand held. Although injured this season, Coach Lang says his star player has rehabbed his shoulder and is currently 100 % and ready to go.
"TJ has spent a lot of time working on his shoulder and rehabbing and he is 100% now. In seven games for us he put 827 yards. He is very tough kid and probably pound for pound he is the strongest player on the team. We had him working out with our lineman because he is so strong. As a person TJ is not a talker, he is just a great role model. He is that role model for our younger players and the guy in terms of who everyone looks up to. "
Taking an official trip to Manhattan this past weekend, Mitchell enjoyed his visit to the Little Apple.
"I did not get to talk to him for very long while he was on his trip but he told me that he really liked the coaches and he really liked his visit to Kansas State. He said that he got along very well with the players up there but coming from Florida – he did say that it was cold. He has never seen anything cold like that before. He really likes Coach Leonard and I think that they have a good relationship and Kansas State probably is one of the top schools to sign him. I mean I am not sure who leads but I know that he had a good visit to Kansas State and did tell me that he really liked the Coaches and the Players it was just very cold."
In terms of recruiting, Mitchell will make a visit to Troy this week and then follow that visit with a trip to Wake Forest. With a 2.6 gpa and a 900 on his SAT, TJ will re-take the SAT and having taken his trips will look to make a decision shortly.