With names like Ryan Mossakowski and Morgan Newton on the minds of many fans, it's easy to miss a player like Kevin Mitchell. But if you are in Mitchell's presence, you can't miss him. "When you have his size and his athleticism, you get a lot of interest," said coach Kenny Palmer. "Kevin is 6-foot-7 295-pounds."
Mitchell is the tallest signee of all the players the Wildcats are bringing in. "He's a skinny 295. He's a well put together young man. He runs a 4.9 40. He's got great feet and athleticism," said Palmer. "That's his greatest attribute," said Palmer.
Even with his physical abilities, Kevin has work to do at the next level. "He'll have to learn to read defenses. He'll have to prepare for blitzes and about guys coming off the edge. He'll have to learn the speed of the game," said Palmer. "He's got to get ready for the high level of competition," Palmer finished.
Mitchell had an outstanding season this year, grading out at 87 percent this season. He talleyed 60 knockdowns and 10 pancakes. "He played great. He had a very high grade for each game. We played him at guard," said Palmer. "We played the wing-t and he cold get out on the edge. We got him out on the perimeter to knock down defenders. He'll be a tackle at Kentucky with his long arms and good feet," said Palmer.
So what put Kentucky over the top?
"I think it was the coaching staff. The warmness of coach (Joker) Phillips and being in the SEC. He also believes that UK has got a fine academic program."
Mitchell is the lone offensive tackle in the Wildcat recruiting class.