Mitchell Has Top Three

Carl Mitchell, a 6'5", 235-pound defensive end from Wooddale High School (Memphis, Tenn.) told Wednesday that he's formulated a Top 3 and will decide by the end of the month.

Mitchell said he will choose between Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas. The Razorbacks have yet to offer but Mitchell said he expects an offer after he attends a camp in Fayetteville on Saturday.

Mitchell holds an offer from the University of Memphis but said he has no real interest in staying home.

"I love my city, but I want to get out there and see what's new," he said.

Mitchell did, however, commend U of M coach Larry Porter on his turnaround efforts.

"I see he's trying to change everything," Mitchell said. "I think their season's going to be good. He has a lot of good people coming in."

Before he makes his decision at the end of the month, Mitchell will make several stops across the Southeast. He said he might visit Auburn Friday. After the Arkansas camp concludes Saturday, he'll stop by Alabama on Sunday.

Then, on Monday and Tuesday, he'll be on a visit to Tennessee.

"I want to play in the SEC," Mitchell said. "It's the best of the best. I wanna play with the best. It's a tougher league, and I want to go and play as a freshman. I'm going to put in the work in to do so."

Mitchell said in order to play as a freshman in the SEC, coaches have told him he needs to get to a playing weight around 260 pounds. After losing a few pounds in spring practice at Wooddale, Mitchell said he's started to gain some of his weight back.

"It shouldn't be hard, because after last season I was 240 pounds (up from 220)," he said.

Mitchell said the main thing he's looking for in a school is tradition and an opportunity to get to the next level.

"I want to go to a winning program, not a losing program, with coaches that can help me get to the league and do great things," he said.

Although the Tigers didn't make his final cut, Mitchell said he still may attend the Memphis elite camp at the Liberty Bowl, which takes place later this month.

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