OSU on 4-star DB's short list

RATED FOUR STARS, Pasadena's Lance Mitchell likes OSU. Given the Beavers offer, the feeling's mutual, and there's much to like about Mitchell. A tall defensive back standing over 6-foot-2, athletic and physical, he looks to play safety at the D-IA level but some schools have also talked about him playing cornerback. See for yourself -- there are over 10 minutes of video highlights available.

Mitchell is long and lean, checking in at 6-2.5 and 187 pounds. He said most of the Pac-10 schools have been in contact since Sept. 1.

He holds offers from Oregon State, Arizona, Utah and UNLV. The Beavs have been making their interest known to him this recruiting season and certainly since Sept. 1, the first date schools were allowed to place phone calls to prospects.

"Oregon State, I've been talking to them a lot," said Mitchell. "I have a real good relationship with the recruiter, coach (Nigel) Burton, he's real cool. Arizona I have a good relationship with coach Williams."

MITCHELL SAID he remains open to everyone, no school is out of the running, but Arizona and Oregon State are atop his list right now with the Wildcats slightly above the Beavs.

"I like them and Oregon State," said Mitchell. "But Arizona I really like. They're both real close, but I've been talking (most) to Arizona."

Official visits are likely to come after the season for Mitchell, although he said might take an unofficial to UNLV to take in a game.

Mitchell said his decision will be based on the environment, playing time and also, "because I want to graduate," the academic resources at the school and in the football program. Distance from Pasadena will play a factor, with Mitchell preferring to stay out West.

"I'd like to go far away enough to get away but not too far, I would like to be able to visit (home) and stuff," he said.

SCHOOLS ARE RECRUITING Mitchell primarily at safety, one physical enough to play the run and athletic enough to turn and stay in a receiver's back pocket.

"From what I'm doing, they all pretty much like me on defense," said Mitchell. "A lot of the scouts have seen me play corner. A lot of schools like my highlight tape, they say I'm physical and they were surprised at how well I cover because I'm real big for a safety."

As to his athleticism, Mitchell is also Muir High's quarterback. It's the position he's been playing most this season but his future, and where his heart lies, is on defense.

"I've been playing around 3, maybe 2 1/2 quarters (on defense). And for the team, I can make the sacrifice," said Mitchell.

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