Michigan transfer Ahmir Mitchell's search will end soon, and if it's up to his former head coach, the former four-star wide receiver will stay in the Big Ten East.
“I think things are going to clear up pretty soon,” said Cedar Creek head coach Tim Watson. “I'll tell you what I can say. I've told him from the beginning when I knew he was going to transfer that I thought Rutgers would be the best fit for him. Rutgers, I know Temple does a great job with their guys, kids with a similar background. I thought that could be a good landing spot. Some of that is geographical too.”
Nothing is final when it comes to Mitchell's decision, but he has to act fast with fall classes starting Tuesday at Rutgers and already underway at other schools.
“That's what I would tell him to do,” Watson said. “I've known [Rutgers coach Chris] Ash for years since he recruited Ahmir's brother (Damon Mitchell). I know what he's about. I know the kind of relationships that he builds with the players and that they respect him. I think that could be a good spot for him.”
Michigan was not a good fit for Mitchell, who received a suspension for undisclosed reasons before his decision to transfer. A return home is likely in his best interest, Watson said.
“When you go far away and you go to a program where there's going to be a lot of hoopla, there's going to be a lot of distractions,” said Watson, who is a former Maryland defensive lineman. “The further away you are, the more likely you get uprooted from what your foundation is. I think that may have happened a little bit. I think being a little closer to home, people will be able to stay in touch with him and make sure he's doing the right thing. It will be easier for coaches to get in touch with us. We're only an hour or so away if he did end up at Rutgers.”
“It would be a great source of pride,” Watson said on Melton and Mitchell in the same hypothetical receiver room. “I think they would be a part of something special. If something like that happened, once it really got settled in, you'd be looking at a couple years of players. They complement each other well, completely different styles of players. I think that would be a lot of talent on the field for any offense. I think that's a best-case scenario if that ended up playing out. It's something that could get Rutgers fans and South Jersey fans excited to see a couple of their guys playing together and making some plays too.”