From Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco High to the heart of the Northeast, 2018 quarterback Re-al Mitchell used his weekend wisely and is close to a decision.
Mitchell cut down to four finalists for a May 1 commitment. Mitchell used his weekend to see two of the four finalists – Rutgers and Connecticut.
“I was fortunate to come out here in the first place, and make a type of East Coast tour,” said Mitchell, who lists Rutgers, Connecticut, Central Florida and Iowa State as finalists. “Bot schools I visited were really welcoming to myself and my father. It put a smile on my face and they reciprocated.
Mitchell visited Rutgers Friday. He followed it with a Saturday road trip to Connecticut.
“My parents left it up to me to make that decision (on what schools to visit),” Mitchell said. “I made it purely off of who I felt wanted me the most. Those were two schools in a close proximity that I could visit, and I felt they both had a lot of interest in me. I could visit both with them being about three hours away from each other.”
Rutgers did not practice Friday, but gave Mitchell a full look at the program.
“They have a lot of well-rounded players that want to see their program succeed,” Mitchell said. “They're buying into coach (Chris) Ash's philosophies and vision of the program. They're trying to do all of the little things first.”
Mitchell's campus visited included an in-depth look at the business school, breakdown of the four primary campuses and face-to-face with offensive coordinator Jerry Kill.
“Coach Kill explained before I came out on my visit that they run a very similar offense to what I run at Bosco now,” Mitchell said. “I wanted film for a good amount of time. We were going over plays, different terminology but I thought it was pretty cool to see the similarities. He knows I want to run a spread offense like the one at Rutgers.”
Based on the proximity of Mitchell's finalists, leaving home is not an issue. Mitchell is in search of a spread offense that meets his academic interests – a kinesiology major and minor in marketing.
Mitchell's goals in an early commitment include recruiting leadership and the chance to focus on his senior season.
“I definitely like leading in everything,” Mitchell said. “I like to lead in a class. I want to be a leader in recruiting.”