Size: 6-0, 210
Year: Freshman- Redshirt
High School: Lamar HS
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
Was rated by Scout.com as a two-star recruit coming out of high school. The Lamar senior recorded 51 solo tackles and 104 total tackles including 17 tackles for a loss. He also led Lamar to an 11-1 record in 2013. Mitchell chose SMU over an offer from New Mexico.
Mitchell redshirted last season but had a big spring under the new coaching staff. After sitting out all of last season, the speedy redshirt freshman thrived in the star position in Coach Van Malone’s defense. Mitchell finished the spring game, and a victory for the defense, with seven solo tackles, including two for a loss, as well as a sack. Coming out of spring, Mitchell gave the staff hope he is going to be a big part of this defense heading forward.
After an impressive spring, Mitchell is going to be a key piece for the Mustangs heading into 2015. SMU struggled to get any sort of pressure on the quarterback last season and will rely on newcomers such as Mitchell to provide more pressure. Early on, I don’t know if Mitchell will help as much in terms of sack numbers as he will helping out in the run game which was also an issue for SMU last season. The 6-0, 210-pound linebacker will likely rotate in at the star position with Shakiel Randolph, as well as playing on the outside.
Outlook in 2015
With the playmaking ability he showed in spring however, this coaching staff will find somewhere for him to play. Wherever he plays he will also likely have some growing pains early but will make his fair share of plays to help this defense. Mitchell’s biggest asset, as we saw in the spring, was his speed on the edge. As he continues to get more work in the new strength and conditioning program, Mitchell is going to be a lot better right away than his ranking coming out of high school was. Expect Mitchell to be a solid rotational player early on before developing into a leader later in the year once he gets comfortable.