Mitchell brings home MVP honors

Mike Mitchell towered above the competition at the Dallas Nike Camp on Sunday afternoon and took home linebacker MVP honors.

For those who didn't know the name Mike Mitchell before Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp, they certainly knew who he was at the conclusion.

Mitchell, out of Plano Prestonwood Christian, towered over most of the other linebackers in attendance, standing a legit 6-foot-4, 215-pounds. While he was the most put together linebacker physically, Mitchell stood out above the others when it came time to compete as well. While he gave up a few plays, Mitchell came out on top more often than not when it came time to compete against some of the region's top offensive talent.

By the end of the day, it was apparent who the best linebacker was in attendance. It's no surprise Mitchell earned that distinction and was named the camp's MVP at linebacker over other talented players such as Deon Hollins Jr., Darian Claiborne, Isaiah Lewis, Chad Whitener, Kahlee Woods and Isaiah Williams.

"It was a really big honor, the other linebackers out here were very good and the size and speed were just really awesome," Mitchell said. "Winning over them was a good honor. There were kids that had a long drive and it was good to see how the competition varied throughout the state so that was good."

Mitchell took a lot away from the camp and said his favorite part was the chance to compete against runningbacks and receivers in one-on-one drills.

"My favorite part was going one-on-one with receivers and backs, I kept going up against Bryan Driskell (McKinney Boyd)," he said. "He's a really good back so that was fun. Bryan stood out and Dezmond Wortham is definitely a good back."

If Mitchell wasn't already a hot commodity before the Nike Camp, he is now. He currently has offers from all over the country including USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Washington, Nebraska, SMU, Baylor, Kentucky, Colorado, UNLV and TCU.

One of Mitchell's most recent trips came a few weeks ago when he and his father, Ken a former NFL linebacker, made the drive over to Ft. Worth to check out a Horned Frogs practice.

"It went awesome, the speed and physicality of it was awesome," Mitchell said of TCU's practice. "They weren't messing around out there. I really enjoyed the visit and everyone was really nice to me."

One thing that caught Mitchell's eyes during the practice was head coach Gary Patterson constantly on the move.

"He's really in contact with everybody, he's not just standing around and watching, he's in there," Mitchell said of Patterson. "I really liked it. He got the whole team going and it was good tempo. Everybody was hitting; it was a good practice."

Mitchell also got some valuable one-on-one time with the head coach during the visit.

"We went into his office, him, me and my dad. He was telling us about school and how they treat everyone like family and how much they want me there," Mitchell said. "We're still in contact."

Mitchell says he doesn't have a favorite at the moment and is still evaluating as many schools as he can. He does have a list of schools he's considering, but he hasn't narrowed it down too much.

"I'm still open to everyone, we made a list but it's not a short list, it's a long list. We're just taking our time," Mitchell said.

Is TCU on his list?

"Yes, it's definitely up there as one of my favorite schools. I just really enjoyed the visit actually," he said of TCU.

Mitchell will travel to Texas A&M next within the next few weeks.


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