Mitchell set for Oregon this weekend
While Oregon will be hosting a number of high-profile prospects from the 2015 recruiting class this weekend, the Ducks will have a shot at adding to its list of 2016 verbal commitments as well. Memphis (Tenn.) White Station wide receiver Dillon Mitchell will be in town on an unofficial visit and the four-star prospect intends to announce his college choice before the weekend concludes. On Monday, Mitchell released his top eight schools, a list that includes Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Oregon. He said that narrowing it down was not an easy process and that it came down to his relationships with the coaching staffs and the offensive scheme each program offers. “It was pretty hard,” he said. “Everybody’s been showing a lot of love. It had to come down to the eight schools that fit me best and fit my personality.” Mitchell prefers to play in an up-tempo spread system, one of the reasons he highly admires Oregon. On Saturday, that’s what he expects to see in-person when the Ducks take on Stanford. “I think I’ll see a good game,” he said. “I just think they’ll be Oregon and do what they do best and that’s an up-tempo offense.” Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick has been Mitchell’s primary recruiter and the two have developed a relationship through Twitter and phone conversations. As they’ve bonded, the 6-foot, 170-pound playmaker has felt more like a priority to Oregon and Lubick has verified that belief. “He told me over the phone one day that I was (a priority),” Mitchell said. “They’d love to have me down there and that’s when we got together and decided I’d be making a trip. He was comparing me to people like Josh Huff and, in some instances, Keanon Lowe. It was just an honor to be in that type of category.” A formal offer has yet to be extended, but that should change this weekend. As of right now, Mitchell has each of his eight favorites level with one another. However, if everything goes well this weekend, the Ducks could find themselves in prime position to land the talented receiver. “If it goes how I think it’ll go,” Mitchell said. “It’ll push them on top. It just depends on how the visit goes and I’m just going to let things work it out. I plan on (announcing) before Monday, but if it takes Monday, I’ll go Monday.”
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