"Coach Niumatalolo told me, when I committed, that he thought I was making a great decision. He said he couldn't wait for me to be there, and I said I couldn't wait to come. I've been watching Navy play for the past three seasons and those guys are my type of coaches. They remind me a lot of my high school coaches (at Alcoa) who I've loved playing for. My cousin, Jaquez Tyson, and I were hoping to play college ball together. He's going to Chattanooga and they were really recruiting me hard throughout the process, but Navy is an opportunity you just can't walk away from. I feel like I made the best decision for my future."
Mitchell had additional offers from Air Force, Chattanooga, Furman, Tennessee Tech, and a preferred walk-on invitation at Tennessee.
"Navy was actually one of the first schools to offer me. Coach Ashley Ingram saw my film and came down to watch a practice. We sat down and talked and I remember thinking he would be the perfect guy to play for. He said that he was most impressed with the way I finish off blocks, that I have great footwork, and play with a high motor. They recruited me to play either guard or center. As long as I'm on the field, I'll play anywhere they want me to."
A three-year starter at Alcoa High School near Knoxville, he started his high school career out tight end. He played mainly offensive tackle, offensive guard, and defensive tackle as a sophomore, junior, and senior. After the 2014 season, he was named first team All-State for a second straight year, first team All-District for a third consecutive year, was selected as a Mr. Football finalist for the state of Tennessee, and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lineman in his district. His recruiting really picked up in March of 2014 when Mitchell received offensive line MVP at a Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte, N.C.
Mitchell also lettered in basketball and track and field at Alcoa. He is the son of Katrina and Richard Mitchell. Mitchell will most likely attend NAPS this year, but said there's still a possibility for a direct appointment.