Mitchell makes pledge to Midshipmen

Jackson Mitchell tweeted on May 15th, 2014, that he had just received an offer from the United State Naval Academy. On Thursday, after taking an official visit to Annapolis the weekend before, Mitchell, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive lineman out of Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) gave his verbal commitment to Navy's Ashley Ingram, who was visiting his high school.

Mitchell broke down his decision with

"Basically, I was really interested in Navy," Jackson Mitchell said. "Coach Ingram knew that and probably had a feeling I was going to commit before he came to see me. I thought about making my commitment while I was on campus last weekend on my official visit, but I was by myself, so I wanted to go home and talk it over with my parents. After thinking it over for a couple of days, I was 100-percent sure I wanted to go to Navy, so I told Coach Ingram that I wanted to come play for him.

"On the visit, I got to talk with a lot of guys from my area who are there now. They share the same morals and values I do and really connected well with those guys. They gave me the ins and outs of the Academy, both good and bad. I really listed to everything they had to say and appreciated what they told me. Walking around campus I was just amazed by everything. It was my third time up there. I had been to a summer camp and to the VMI game in October, and being there was still amazing to me with all of the history and tradition. It's a real honor to have this opportunity in front of me.

"The biggest factor, for me, is the fact that Navy is such an outstanding institution offering the types of programs I want to study. The football program has enjoyed a very successful decade under Coach Niumatalolo with many bowl wins and beating Army 13 seasons in a row. It's just a great place to be. I'm excited about how the Academy will develop me as a leader and the doors that it will open for me after college."

Mitchell received the Navy offer last spring after a fine junior showing in which he recorded 43 tackles, 13 sacks, seven tackles for loss and was selected first team all-district in Tennessee 3A and pre-season all-state for 2014. A two-way player at Lipscomb, Mitchell projects at defensive end in college.

"Navy recruited me for the defensive line but mostly talked about me playing defensive end for them," he said. "They like my size and said I have incredible quickness and speed for someone of my build. They'd like to put some weight on me. I have the type of frame, they said, that could hold some more bulk without losing any of the quickness and agility.

"I'm so glad that my decision is now made. It's like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I had some good offers and other schools had been showing interest but nothing compared with the education Navy has to offer. I'm unsure if I'll be going direct or to NAPS. I believe I have the option to do either, but it's a decision I'll have to make with my family later on. I'm kind of in the middle about it right now. I've completed most of the application process I just need to have the Candidate Fitness Assessment done by the January 31st deadline."

Mitchell had offers from Austin Peay State, Cornell, Navy, and Tennessee-Martin. Top Stories