Coach Spotlight: Nehemiah Mitchell

Vanderbilt received a commitment Monday evening from Nehemiah Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end currently playing at City College of San Francisco. caught up with CCSF Rams head coach George Rush to get his take on the players the Commodores will be getting in Mitchell.

"This is our first year with Nehemiah," Rush said. "You know, he transferred in this year from Sacramento State where he played as a freshman. I already knew him from high school. He played over in Oakland at Bishop O'Dowd. He was a player who I knew had a lot of natural ability. He's shown a lot of progression here as a player becoming technically sound in his game and went out this year and really and dominated for us.

"Nehemiah's number one strength is his structure. You tell him to do x-y-z, you're going to get x-y-z from him. Then you add in his athleticism with his ability to really run and you have a terrific combination. Great instincts and attention to detail have helped Nehemiah become a very dangerous player."

Rush has a talented roster this year with players who have made commitments to Missouri, Illinois, Baylor, and Oregon State. Although, he was starting to field more calls from interested coaches about Mitchell, Rush said Vanderbilt ceased Mitchell's attention right away.

"Nehemiah's a very bright young man," he said. "He's fully aware of what a degree from Vanderbilt means as far as long-term benefits. When he first started hearing from Vanderbilt, he was really focused in on them for a variety of reasons, but mainly it was the quality of education being offered and the fact he thinks very highly of Coach Mason.

"Vanderbilt's getting a wonderful young man. He's kind of quiet, but studious and gets along well with all of his teammates."

Since George Rush’s became head coach at CCSF in 1977, the Rams have put up some impressive numbers winning seven state crowns and seven national titles. Mitchell will try to give Coach Rush another state championship this Saturday, December 13th, when CCSF (11-1) plays Mt. San Antonio (10-2) in Walnut, Calif. Top Stories