Instate Junior #2: a Top Offensive Lineman from the "Thumb" (another one, in the 'Jake Long tradition'!).">
Instate Junior #2: a Top Offensive Lineman from the "Thumb" (another one, in the 'Jake Long tradition'!).">

Top Instate Junior O-lineman

Instate recruiting guru "Jim S." has been tracking down the top juniors in the state of Michigan, and will be presenting them on! We at GBW promise to bring you ONLY those kids who we believe are the best candidates to become Michigan recruits next recruiting season -- particularly those who may be candidates for early decisions.<br><br> Instate Junior #2: a Top Offensive Lineman from the "Thumb" (another one, in the 'Jake Long tradition'!).

Michigan Junior to Watch: Alex Mitchell

Name: Alex Mitchell
School: Bay City Central
State: Michigan
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-4 1/2
Weight: 311 lbs.
Forty: 5.50 sec. (2002 Texas summer camp)
Bench Press: 375 lbs.
GPA: 3.4

2002 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention Class A All-State; Associated Press Honorable Mention Class A All-State; First Team All-Saginaw Valley.

Alex Mitchell will be one of the premier line prospects in the state of Michigan in 2003. In fact, at this early stage of the recruiting process he could well project as the top offensive lineman in the state, but its still early in the evaluation process. Alex had an outstanding junior season and was a rare underclass All-Saginaw Valley performer. The Valley is the same league that has produced Lamarr Woodley, Jerome Jackson, Charles Rogers, Demeterious Solomon, William Cooper, Matt Trannon and many Division 1 players over the years. Alex is also a big Michigan fan and he attended at least three Michigan home football games this past season.

Here is what Bay City Central head coach, Morley Fraser, had to say about his star junior when I spoke with him the other day: "Alex is 6'4 1/2, 311 and he ran a 5.5 forty at a camp in Texas last summer. He was born in Saginaw but lived in Marble Falls, Texas for eight years before transferring to Bay City Central before his sophomore year. As a sophomore he started on offense and a little on defense. As a junior he was a unanimous All-League pick at OT and also started at DT. Alex has very quick feet and is very physical. He has tremendous upper body strength and he bench presses 375 pounds. He uses his feet very well and is very aggressive and physical. His best game was against Lamarr Woodley and, in my view, he got the best of him. His number one school is Michigan and he has been there for a few football games. He was also just down there the other day for the Michigan State basketball game. He attended the Michigan camp after his freshman year and will be going back this summer. Last summer he attended a couple of camps in Texas. Michigan has received film of Alex's game against Saginaw High. Alex is hearing from numerous major colleges including Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska (weekly letters), Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, USC and many others. He has no offers yet from any of these schools. If Michigan was to offer he would take it in a minute. He is a huge Michigan fan. Alex is a great kid. He's very outgoing and popular around school. He has a 3.4 GPA and has not yet taken the ACT. He has a great work ethic. He's the last one in the weight room every day."

When I spoke to Saginaw Head Coach Donald Durrett the other day, he had this to say: "Alex Mitchell is for real. He's just so powerful. He's definitely Michigan or Michigan State caliber." (Tom Beaver's note: Alex drew attention by his performance in the Saginaw game this past fall; he did the best job of blocking Lamarr Woodley of any O-lineman all season).

Look for Alex to receive some early offers come this spring and after the summer camp circuit. He has the size, strength, athleticism, foot speed, toughness and work ethic to eventually excel at the next level.

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