Size: 6-0, 244 pounds
High School: Southlake Carroll HS
Hometown: Southlake, Texas
Despite hailing from powerhouse Southlake Carroll, Jackson Mitchell was not heavily recruited out of high school. At just 6-foot, 210-pounds as a senior, he decided to walk on at SMU. He held no offers, but he did earn First-Team All-District selection as a senior. He was also an All-Texas Academic selection and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Before his junior year, Mitchell was one of two walk-ons to earn an athletic scholarship. During the season, he racked up 38 tackles, 4 TFL’s and 2 fumble recoveries. He played in all 12 games and started two of them, but he was inconsistent to say the least. Mitchell had four games where he failed to record a tackle. His best game came against Temple after recording four tackles, 1TFL and a quarterback hurry.
Where he fits
Head Coach Chad Morris recently raved about Mitchell’s transformation over the course of winter lifting, so the senior’s steady progression from freshman to senior year should continue. Now weighing in at 244 pounds, up from 224 last season, Mitchell has the size to be a force at the Will linebacker spot. He has always had the aggression and instincts, but now he has the size and the strength that will help immensely when going up against offensive linemen.
There is no reason Mitchell should not play will a ton of confidence this fall. Given the strides he has made in the weight room, and now that he is in year two of this new defense. It is fair to say Mitchell should be a formidable middle linebacker for SMU, especially with the defensive line expected to make strides from a tough year last year. The better the defensive line is, the easier it will be for Mitchell at the linebacker spot. He also should have no problem being one of the leaders of this defense, so younger linebackers like Noah Spears can learn from him. I wouldn’t expect to see anything flashy from Mitchell, but he has all of the tools needed to get the job done as a starter for this Mustangs’ defense.