Being local doesn’t automatically make Cedric Mitchell a Notre Dame lean. But it does help create some mutual interest between the three-star safety from Elkhart, Ind., and the Irish.
Mitchell made the trip to Notre Dame on Wednesday to watch spring practice. Living about 30 minutes away, Mitchell knew some things to expect before heading to campus.
“I’ve hung out with a lot of people that root for them,” Mitchell said. “But I’m more an Alabama guy because that’s where my dad is from. I didn’t really root for them but I like their athletics and everything. They’re good and they’ve done a lot in history. Hopefully they do a lot in the future.”
Visiting Wednesday helped Mitchell learn more about possibly becoming part of that future.
Mitchell arrived early to watch a morning practice session, where he zeroed in on the safeties as they worked with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. Head coach Brian Kelly checked in after practice then Mitchell toured campus and the football facilities.
Before departing, Mitchell talked with Lyght and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston, who also recruits Indiana. They imparted a message similar to Kelly after practice.
“They wanna make sure that I actually love the game of football,” Mitchell said. “They want me to come there for the education and everything but they want you to love the game of football. That I’m ready to come there and help the program rather than just coming there and going through the motions. That’s pretty much what they emphasized to me.”
Elston also invited Mitchell to the Irish Invasion this summer. Mitchell plans to work out for a potential offer and has some things he’d like to show.
“That I'm good with manning up and I can stay with my man instead of just using my speed to catch up to them if I get beat,” Mitchell said. “I can just stick with them. I’ve got good hands because I’m a receiver too. That doesn’t bother me any. If a ball is up in the air I don’t have to swipe it down. I can just catch it.”
Ball State, Bowling Green, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo and Western Michigan have already offered. Mitchell is visiting Iowa State on Thursday and Friday then making a stop at Indiana on Saturday. Mitchell wants to visit Temple at some point.
Syracuse has also been in touch recently.
Right now Mitchell is assessing his current options while holding out for a few more. Making it to camps during the summer could yield a few more offers worth considering.
“I’m just gonna let the process do its thing,” Mitchell said. “If I get these bigger offers then more and more should come. I can’t make a quick commitment yet.”