2014 Paramus Catholic High (NJ) offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell has seen his recruitment take off. He had another big day on Monday as he picked up two new offers from northeast schools.
"My coach put me on the phone with their offensive line coach (Pat Perles)," Mitchell said. "He let me know they were offering. I hear pretty much the same thing from everybody. They like my aggressiveness, my athleticism, and the way I finish blocks. That's what he told me. He just told me that he got out of the film room and the coaches evaluated my film. They liked me and they offered.
"Coach (Adam) Shorter from Buffalo came by and offered two of my teammates. He came by to watch workouts. I've actually been talking to them for a while. Just learning about the school. He said he liked my film and told me I got the offer."
The two offers haven't given Mitchell a big head. He remains focused on his upcoming season as schools continue to pursue the talented lineman.
"I don't really think about it like that," Mitchell admitted. "I'm honored, blessed and humbled by the offers. But it's more about next year. My mind right now is totally focused on what I have to do next year to one repeat winning the state title and being the best player I can be, but also to get a chance at that national championship."
While Mitchell is still learning about Syracuse, he is looking forward to a possible visit in the near future. He is hoping that visit will come in June to see if the Orange are the right fit.
"They did but I didn't really have a of time to talk to them," Mitchell recalled. "I actually was running around so I told him I'd give him a call back. But definitely I want to try to work out a trip there. This month is going to be kind of tough. I'm going to see N.C. State and Virginia Tech. We will probably try to work something out for next month.
"It is going to be my first time (on campus). I know that Syracuse is a phenomenal academic school. It has been for as long as I can remember. I definitely want to see if it's a beautiful campus, nice people, good coaches. It's just kind of a thing where you'll see when you get there. Sometimes you get there and you just feel it in your gut. If I feel it in my gut, then that's what I'll take away from it."
The contact he's received recently from Syracuse has been new. While he has established relationships with other schools, he is looking forward to doing the same with the Orange coaching staff.
They just jumped on my radar recently," Mitchell declared. "I've been talking with Coach Shorter (from Buffalo) for a while. We talk over the phone. I definitely want to get to learn more about Syracuse.
"Obviously a bowl game this year, a program on the rise. Definitely want to get to know more about them."