“It caught me by surprise. I’m grateful for another opportunity to pick up an offer. They liked me, probably physically how I looked, and it just happened.”
“I still have to do a little bit of research and study them. As I sit down with my mom and probably talk to my brother about schools I’ll get some answers. We’ll do some looking into things.”
What knowledge of the Maize & Blue Mitchell does have comes from what he has seen on television and his phone interaction with his Michigan recruiter Dan Ferrigno.
“He’s a cool guy… pretty laid back,” said Mitchell. “He’s easy to talk to and can make light of the situation, but can get serious when it is time to get down with the game plan. That’s what I like about him mostly thus far based on first impression.”
One of their major topics of discussion thus far was position. Michigan covets Mitchell for a different role than most of his other suitors.
“I’m mainly being recruited for wide receiver, but some schools like me at safety,” he explained. “Michigan just offered me to be a DB. I do not have any preferences. I just love being around the game and playing football.”
That much is clear in the first few minutes of Mitchell’s highlight film. The 6-3, 190-pounder is a big play machine at quarterback, running back, receiver, and defensive back.
“Things went well,” Mitchell said reflecting upon last season. “We came out with a conference championship. We did not go as far as in the playoffs of since course we didn’t make it to the final game. But I feel like that we put a lot on film and we worked together as a team.
“As for me… I’m physical… very physical. I’m versatile with how I move around the football field. I would say they’re no limits to me being on the football field. I can lay numerous positions.”
As was previously stated, Mitchell has no positional preference. There are other criteria that will factor greater in his decision-making process.
“(One major consideration will be) probably how long in a relationship I’ve been with the coaches over time who have stayed (at the same schools). Coaches ended up other places later on in (the recruiting process) the last couple of years. Whoever is currently with the same school that they recruited me from would probably benefit a little bit. The relationship that I’ve built over time and showing how genuine they are to me (will be a factor. And of course academics… which schools are leading the country in that field.”
One consideration not mentioned was his brother’s presence at Arkansas. According to Mitchell that is for a very good reason.
“It is not something that is going to factor into my process, but that is by us being talented and gifted, something that we’ve mentioned (before),” he said. “Kind of how Eli Manning’s brother is in the league and then you have Barber brothers. How would it be to enjoy one or two years at college. It would be pretty neat, but not trying to let it affect my decision too much. He is redshirted and he is doing good things out there. That’s pretty much it.”
With such an open-minded approach it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the four-star talent currently lists no favorites among his growing list of suitors.
“I’m just trying to enjoy my high school career and not let this affect me any,” Mitchell stated. “Like I said before it’s a blessing to know that I can further my football career after high school career.”
“I watched my brother go through it and by him being committed to one school, I had another school come in and LSU offered me and they pretty much told me that they were going to recruit him, but he was already committed. So why waste your time trying to flip another kid when you can go around the country and find another kid with the same skill set? I’m not going to make an early decision and stick with the process and wait until my senior year.”