When the LSU staff began their evaluation of the 2011 class, the number of bayou-born talents that would become national recruits was unparalleled by any class in recent memory.
Starting fast out of the gates was a must, and head coach Les Miles and his staff – made of a few fresh faces – did just that, locking down commitments from eight in-state targets prior to the end of February.
When the position coaches made their priority lists on out-of-state prospects to pursue, the month of March saw the Tigers send out their first wave of non-Louisiana offers during the 2010 calendar year.
One of defensive backs coach Ron Cooper’s selections was Valdosta High athlete Malcolm Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound two-way standout ranked as a three-star prospect.
After sending the offer, Cooper made certain to keep himself in the minds of Mitchell and his teammates.
“I saw coach Cooper come by here and meet with the coaches, and I saw LSU at the spring game, so I know he is staying on top of things from their side,” Mitchell said. “We’ve talked on the phone and stuff like that, too. LSU is definitely coming after me hard, and I know they have offered a few of my teammates as well.
“We are doing some team stuff together this summer, so there might be a chance for us to get over to LSU on a visit,” he added. “I haven’t planned any of my trips yet. You could say I haven’t been that focused on it, at least not like I should be. Pretty soon I will organize my summer out and see where I should visit.”
When the Tigers pulled the trigger they became the seventh Southeastern Conference program to extend a scholarship offer, joining the likes of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, three campuses that Mitchell has already visited.
With a decision set for some point during his senior season, Mitchell said that the teams showing him the most attention have helped move themselves towards the top of his offer list.
“I would say Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU are the teams really after me the hardest,” he said. “I still don’t have any favorites, but I’m not waiting on any more offers either. I feel pretty comfortable about making a couple of more visits and then knowing where I should end up. My official trips to campuses in the fall will really help me out.”