In-State Sleeper Returns From Camp

Durham (NC) Hillside safety Jared Mitchell has been a busy man this spring, hoping to impress college coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer.

"I'm working hard to show coaches what I can do," Jared Mitchell told Pack Pride. "I'm trying to pick up some scholarship offers and after these camps I think some will be on the way. I think [NC] State's close to offering me, Wake Forest, and ECU."

As a junior, Mitchell recorded 83 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions, earning all-conference and all-area honors. However, he's yet to send any game film to colleges and believes that's the reason why some haven't offered thus far.

This spring he attended the combine and was one of the top safeties in attendance. He posted a 4.79 40-yard dash, a 33-inch vertical, and ripped off a 4.34 shuttle. He was even more impressive at the Shrine Bowl combine held in Snow Hill. Mitchell ripped off a 4.46 40-yard dash, a 4.20 shuttle, while also benching 185 pounds 17 times. His combination of size, speed, and strength is definitely intriguing to college scouts.

"I think I picked up a lot from the camps and combines I've been to," Mitchell said. "They were all good and it was fun working out against some of the top wide receivers. I just wanted to show what I can do, and I think I've done that so far."

At this point, Mitchell doesn't have any scholarship offers but has a solid top five of NC State, Wake Forest, ECU, UNC, and Duke. He says that the Wolfpack, Deacons, and Pirates are close to offering after his camp performances.

"Yes, I think those three are about to offer me," he said. "I did well when I was at those schools. They say they liked everything I've done at camp, but they are waiting to get game film on me."

Which camp did he like the best?

"NC State's camp was the best for sure," Mitchell said. "I learned so much from working out there, and they treated me special. I met the coaches and got to know some of the players real well.

"The facilities at State were unreal. They have the #1 fieldhouse in the nation, and I loved hanging out there. They have this huge weight room and a theatre. It was nice."

Next for Mitchell are camps at Duke and North Carolina. He also plans on visiting Tennessee and Vanderbilt later this summer.

Does he have a favorite right now?

"No sir, not right now," Mitchell said. "I like all those teams and I just want to decide by signing day. I'm in no rush."

Durham (NC) Hillside will be one of the top teams in the state this year. They also feature lineback Juan Corders and two of the top '07 prospects in running back Greg Little and cornerback Tyree Bullock.

"Oh, we're going to be tough to beat," Mitchell said. "We have a chance to win the title this year."

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