Louisiana is deep and talented at the wide receiver position this year. The standouts include Ricky Dixon, Chris Mitchell and Jared Mitchell.
Jared, in no relation to Chris, had a breakout performance at the Nike Camp that was held at Ole Miss in April. Mitchell had the 3rd best overall 40 time for the WR's with a 4.47 run.
As a junior, Mitchell had over 2,300 yards of offense while mostly playing quarterback at New Iberia (La.) Westgate High School. He also took a few snaps at wide receiver, where he will most likely end up on the next level.
A two-sport star for Westgate, Mithcell hit over .330 as a junior. He is playing for the Midland Redskins this summer. Midland is a group of select all-stars from across the country, with their league based out of Cincinnati (Ohio).
40 time: 4.47
Grades: 3.5 GPA / 20 ACT
The following information was revealed during our interview with the two-sport star:
Which position are you mainly being recruited to play?
"Wide receiver mostly, but some of the schools like me at quarterback."
Where do you prefer to play?
"It does not matter to me. I just want to be on offense."
What are your strengths on the field?
"My vision, quickness, and my playmaking ability."
What are you mainly working on?
"I would have to say making better reads [at quarterback]."
How long have you been starting for Westgate?
"I started at defensive back my freshman year. My sophomore and junior years, I played quarterback."
Have you played any DB the last two years?
"A little, but I mainly stay on the offensive side of the ball."
What were your stats as a junior?
"I had a little over 1,250 yards passing and right at 1,000 yards rushing."
"I was named 2nd Team All-District and Best of the Tech."
Who are the main schools that are recruiting you right now?
"Right now, it would have to be LSU, Ole Miss, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Stanford. Those six are the ones that keep up with me the most."
Any early offers?
"LSU, Tulane, and Ole Miss."
Which ones are you keeping an eye on?
"I am not too sure yet. Probably the ones that are the most interested in me."
Will you take any visits in the near future?
"Yes sir, I will probably take all five of my visits."
Any unofficial visits?
"No sir, I am playing in Cincinnati for the Midland Redskins. It is a select group of players from everywhere."
Is playing baseball on the college level in your plans?
Any offers in baseball?
"The ones that have offered me in football have told me that I can play both sports."
Did you have a chance to attend any football camps?
"I only went to the Nike Camp at Ole Miss. I had to leave for Cincinnati after that."
What do you know about LSU?
"I think they want me to play wide receiver. They have nice coaches and they sound genuine."
What about Ole Miss?
"They said I would probably play quarterback or wide receiver. It would be up to me. They have a nice campus and very nice facilities. Their facilities really stood out."
What do you know about Florida?
"I have not been in contact, just through letters."
"Same as Florida, Alabama, and Stanford. I have never been to any of their campuses, so I really do not know much about them."
What will you be looking for while you visit these schools?
"I have to say their quality of education, chances of playing early, and my social life. Those would be the three main things."
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