JUCO Coach Discusses New Mizzou Commit

Jon Osterhout, the head coach at American River College in Sacramento, talks about new Missouri commit Kyle Mitchell.

The American River College football program has sent several offensive linemen to Division I schools over the past few years and the latest is Missouri commitment Kyle Mitchell.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound freshman, committed to the Tigers on Wednesday. We spoke with American River College head coach Jon Osterhout to get a better sense of what kind of player Mitchell is and what he potentially brings to the Missouri program this summer.

Here’s a question and answer session with the ARC coach…

Black & Gold Illustrated: What does Mitchell bring to Missouri?

Osterhout: “I think that he’s obviously been well schooled here at American River College and he’s played in top-flight competition in the country with regards to junior college football. He’s an individual that’s got a high football I.Q., he’s extremely tough, competitive, he’s a dependable individual, he’s going to fit in extremely well within the locker room there at Missouri and particularly in the offensive line meeting room. He’s a kid that’s gonna come in and work his tail off to put himself in position to help contribute in the best fashion for Missouri football.”

Black & Gold: How did he end up with you guys? 

Osterhout: “It’s been kind of a long road in regards to making it to American River College. He’d taken some time off for some personal things and obviously he has things in order now and he’s ready to move forward with the next step in his career.”

Black & Gold: How many coaches were interested in him this spring? 

Osterhout: “I fielded calls pretty much non-stop. Then we have another 15 Division I kids on our team and five or six freshmen that are potentially leaving our program and Kyle was obviously one that was pretty heavily courted by everybody across the country.”

Black & Gold: What have the college coaches said they liked about him? 

Osterhout: “His demeanor, flexibility, his strength at the point of attack, his length. He’s got a nice combination and will fit in really well as a guard there at Missouri.”

Black & Gold: Was he mostly a left tackle at ARC or did he move around? 

Osterhout: “He started every game for us at left tackle but he’s going to be a guard at the next level. I coached 11 years Division I football, I played offensive line, signed free agent in the NFL. I’ve been around a lot of really good offensive linemen in through program here and places I’ve been and Kyle’s as good as advertised.”


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