Mitchell's Recruitment Getting Hot

Cedar Creek (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) quarterback Damon Mitchell added a Big Ten offer last week and is quickly rising on the list of top football prospects out of New Jersey this year. Mitchell has visits to four different schools planned for the spring and discussed his recruitment as he prepares for the next step.

In the last month, Cedar Creek (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) quarterback Damon Mitchell has gone from under-the-radar to one of many highly coveted recruits out of the area this year.

Mitchell earned a verbal scholarship from Rutgers after a late February visit to campus and has since seen his recruitment approach double digit verbal offers. Most recently adding an offer from Wisconsin, Mitchell is happy with the way things are developing.

"I was really excited. It's my first Big Ten school," Mitchell said on his offer from the Badgers. "They're a good school, so it's really exciting.

"I've done research on all the schools that have offered me or that are interested. They support their athletes and have tutors available outside of football for in-season and away games. The first thing that stood out with Wisconsin was that."

Mitchell's offer from Wisconsin is as an athlete, and most likely a safety, he said. But many of the schools recruiting him, including Rutgers, are interested in him as a quarterback.

For now, playing under center is Mitchell's preference, he said.

"I always play defense and I played running back," Mitchell said. "I just like the offensive side of the ball, but at the end of the day, football is football. I just want to get on the field."

Mitchell has visits planned to Villanova, Georgia Tech, Connecticut and Rutgers for the spring. he will attend the Villanova spring game in April.

Georgia Tech and Connecticut are in his plans for July, he said, and he will be at Rutgers for both a spring practice and the spring game.

"[I like] the academic support that Rutgers offers," Mitchell said. "I like how everybody just really breathes the chop and the family. I just feel like it's a lot of good things put together. They have my major."

Mitchell received a verbal offer from Rutgers coach Kyle Flood last month and added that he has good relationships with assistant coach Jim Panagos and recruiting coordinator Tariq Ahmad.

"I just thought at first when Greg Schiano left that it was just a tough situation, but I definitely like Coach Flood," Mitchell said. "I just get a good feeling from him. ... I saw Ray Rice talked about him and said some really good things about Coach Flood."

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