RECRUITING: California LB to visit Norman

San Francisco, Calif. LB Lance Mitchell talks about his trip to Washington and his upcoming plans

LANCE MITCHELL, MLB, 6'3, 240, 4.5, SAN FRANCISCO C.C., CALIFORNIA:

JH: You guys rolled in your last game.

LM: I played well, but I only played the first half. I had eight or nine tackles in the first half and then had a chance to watch the rest of my teammates in the second half.

JH: What is going on in recruiting?

LM: I just got off the phone with Texas. I have decided to take a trip to Texas, but I don't actually have a date this week. It all depends on our bowl situation, because if we win we will have two more games left.

JH: If I remember correctly Texas is just now getting into the recruiting picture with you, so do the schools that have been showing a great interest in you longer have a better chance to sign you?

LM: I appreciate those schools a little bit more that have been recruiting me all along. However, this is like a business and you have to approach it that way. I have been talking to Texas for a pretty good time now, maybe not as long as some schools, but long enough to realize I need to give them a shot.

JH: How did your visit to Washington go?

LM: It went alright. I liked the atmosphere of the game, the students and the coaches. Of course the players and coaches are cool. I was impressed with Washington and there will be three of my former teammates there as well. However, that really doesn't play a big factor on whether I will go to school there or not. Maybe a little factor but not much.

JH: You are visiting OU this weekend, are you looking forward to it?

LM: Oklahoma. I don't know, I guess I am getting ready to find out. I know they are in hot pursuit of that National Championship. That is a big factor for me. I love the fact they are winning and winning big. Bob Stoops and Coach (Brent) Venables have it going and going well.

JH: Oklahoma needs linebackers on defense, but they have everything else to contend for another national title next year. How does that play on your decision?

LM: That plays a big role. That would put me on the spot and I want that. I would have to play well and play great, because OU would be right in the middle of the National Championship hunt again next year. I have kind of gone through some of that the last two years here and I like that kind of atmosphere where you have to play well, because the team is so good.

JH: How many visits do you have left after Oklahoma this weekend?

LM: I will have two visits left and I am going to Texas and Florida.

JH: Which schools have the best opportunity for you to play early and win?

LM: I would say Washington and Oklahoma, however I haven't seen Texas and Florida in person.

JH: Some schools work better with junior college linebackers better than others, what kind of role will that play in your decision?

LM: That plays a really big role. Of course I believe that every school is going to work with you. If I choose that school it will be because I believe that they are good coaches and can make me a better player.

JH: Do you have a favorite right now?

LM: No, I don't.


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