"My first year was in 7th grade," Mitchell said. "I've always been a QB but I wasn't very good at first," he said. "Things just didn't seem to be going real well. Then I went to a summer camp at Auburn and learned a lot of things and it really changed the way I felt. I ended up starting nine games as a freshman and the rest is history."
As a junior last season, Mitchell completed 145-for-254 passes for 2,086 yards and 23 touchdowns. Inside the classroom, his 3.1 GPA and 18 ACT score makes him a full academic qualifier.
At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Mitchell also plays baseball, where he pitches. "I'm a decent pitcher," he said. "I throw around 86 [miles per hour]."
Mitchell said he spoke with numerous college coaches in the spring evaluation period.
"Florida called," he said. "Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, and Auburn."
The talented quarterback said he has two written scholarship offers.
"North Carolina and LSU have sent offers through the mail," he said. "My top three choices are Florida, LSU, and Tennessee. Then it's probably Auburn and Georgia."
Mitchell did talk about the Hurricanes.
"Miami's a good school," he said. "They're in my top 7. It's a long ways away, but that probably won't matter. They said they liked me on film and will be watching me this season. Right now, though, I'm trying to concentrate on my top three."
Mitchell, who said he's being recruited by linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves, said he's looking to play right away.
"I want to go someplace that I can play right away," he said. "If the team has a junior or senior quarterback starting, that's good because I plan on playing right away."
Mitchell, whose brother Jay plays in the Colorado Rockies Single A baseball organization, plans on attending the Elite 11 Passing Camp in California later this month. That's a camp that will feature Kyle Wright, who appears to be the only quarterback prospect the Hurricanes have offered to this point.