Mitchell a star on diamond, gridiron

New Iberia (La.) Westgate receiver prospect Jared Mitchell (5-11, 197, 4.4) is considered one of the top high school prospects for next year's major league baseball draft but he is also pretty impressive on the gridiron too.

It has long been believed that Mitchell was a long shot to ever step foot on a college campus because of the money that will likely be thrown his way next June but that is not the case at all.

"I guess everybody is entitled to their own opinion," Mitchell told Tiger Rag. "But, I know my education comes first and that stepping foot on a campus is something that comes first and major league baseball comes second."

If Mitchell does opt for college athletics over pro baseball he will likely be a two-sport athlete at the next level. Splitting time between baseball and football is something he has grown accustomed to and something he does fairly well.

Last season at Westgate, the standout accounted for more than 2,400 total yards under center (1,330 passing and 1,000 rushing), and also batted over .300 on the diamond. His speed is what makes him so highly coveted in both sports and is the things that separates him from the rest of the competition.

Thus far, four schools have stepped up with scholarship offers in LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tulane. Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas are on him hot and heavy and it should comes as no big surprise if all three offer in the near future.

Mitchell said that all of the schools recruiting him are on equal ground and that he will end up at the place he feels the most comfortable at. Whether that ends up being LSU remains to be seen but he did comment on what he likes about the hometown team.

"I like the coaches a lot," he said. "They are all real laid back and seem like they have a lot of fun. They also have some great facilities and a good atmosphere over there."

Some of the atmosphere he was referring to was a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

"It's magical," he said. "It's a place like no other. The fan support is great and it's just a great overall experience."

Many kids who grow up in Louisiana often dream about what it would be like to run out on the field on a Saturday night. Mitchell said that is something that has crossed his mind before.

"I just think of how much fun it would be," he said. "It's an opportunity not many people get."

It's an opportunity Mitchell has one that LSU fans are hoping he cashes in on.

Editor's Note: For more on Jared Mitchell be sure to check back on Friday for Tiger Rag's weekly Tiger Wrap.

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