VERBAL COMMIT: Beavs land 4-star safety

LANCE MITCHELL, a 4-star prospect out of Pasadena rated the No. 29 safety in the nation, verbally committed to Oregon State this past weekend. The uber-athlete who starred for Muir High on both defense and as the team's quarterback talks about his decision to don the black and orange with

"I'm headed to Oregon State," said Mitchell. "I (verballed) on Saturday."

Mitchell held offers from OSU, UA, UNLV and Utah, with the choice coming down to Oregon State and Arizona in the end. When the UA coach recruiting Mitchell, Charlie Williams, left for a position with North Carolina, that was the tipping point, said Mitchell.

"That kind of helped me make my decision but I kind of already knew I was going to go (to OSU), I have a good relationship with coach (Nigel) Burton and all the rest of the Oregon State coaches that I've been talking to," said Mitchell.

MITCHELL WILL be cracking pads in the Beaver secondary next year, although he would probably also make one heck of a receiver at the next level. But the scoop on Mitchell is he's a big hitter on defense plus a sure tackler, not always two things that go hand in hand.

Micthell is long and lean, checking in at 6-2.5 and 187 pounds with athleticism and football instincts galore. He was the driving force behind Muir's playoff run, and assumed the quarterback duties in '06 and even though he would have preferred to concentrate more on defense and play a little wide receiver, he threw for over 1,450 yards passing and another 250-plus rushing according to one media source.

Mitchell is ranked the No. 29 safety prospect by in the nation, and if that designation was broken down into strong and free categories, he'd be rated higher still.

Despite not playing full games on defense, Mitchell racked up over 80 tackles this season according to, lining up at S/LB this season after his star turn at defensive back and wide receiver his junior year.

"He's the leader of this team," Muir coach Ken Howard emphatically told the Pasadena Star News earlier this year. "The guys on this team look up to him and look to him for leadership." Lance Mitchell profile

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