Mitchell one of Miles' top targets

LSU is in the thick of things with the top three receivers in Louisiana but it is highly unlikely that there is room for all three in the 2006 class. More than likely it will be a first come first serve basis as to what wide outs Les Miles takes and one who could be close to pulling the trigger is New Orleans-John Ehret product Chris Mitchell.

Mitchell, a 6-foot, 185-pounder with 4.5 speed, was all over the field for the shorthanded Patriots in 2005.

John Ehret lost close to 30 players who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina so Mitchell had to be a jack of all trades. He started at quarterback and also saw time at receiver, running back, safety, cornerback and linebacker. He also handled some of the kicking chores in addition to returning kickoffs and punts.

Mr. Versatility has not gotten his stats from his coach but he said he knew he had well over 2,000 yards of total offense through seven games.

Mitchell already took an official visit to Colorado and Nebraska, and he has trips scheduled to Tennessee (1/13), LSU (1/20) and Miami (1/27).

When asked if those were the schools he was still considering, Mitchell said that he is really focusing on only three.

"It's really just LSU, Miami and Tennessee," he said.

LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is recruiting Mitchell for the Tigers and the last time the two spoke was a couple of days before Christmas.

"He was telling me how they want me to commit before my visit," said Mitchell.

Is there a chance that could happen?

"Yes," he said. Mitchell will play in the All-American Bowl up in Shreveport on Jan. 5 and he said there was a chance he could commit then.

Mitchell had been leaning to LSU for a couple of months but in the past two weeks Miami recently made things interesting with a scholarship offer. He said the offer was nice and everything but it did not have much of an effect on where he was leaning to.

"LSU is still my leader," he said. "I like Miami but LSU is home."

When the Tigers and Hurricanes square off this Friday, Mitchell plans to be in front of the tube checking out two of his top schools.

When asked which team he would be rooting for he gave a quick reply.

"LSU of course," he said. "That is who my money is on."

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