Mitchell is a rising 2019 local defensive lineman that appears on the path to becoming one of the top recruited prospects from his class.
Vanderbilt became his third official offer and first from the SEC behind his previous two offers from Iowa State and Louisville. The Commodores wanted to be one of the first schools to throw their hat in the ring, mainly due to some past Vanderbilt family ties but also because of Mitchell's talents and strong potential on the football field.
"My father went school at Vanderbilt and to this day, is a proud alum and speaks it loudly all the time," said Mitchell. "He and I are very excited about getting the Vanderbilt offer and it does make me feel good about them offering so early."
The Nashville native received word on his Commodores offer last week from the staff and even before the offer arrived, Mitchell had already planned to make the short drive over for a visit.
It was a full day on campus and Mitchell was able to see everything he needed to keep him excited about the Commodores program.
"It was honestly a really good time. I got to see most of the campus, talk with some professors and see all the facilities. I felt comfortable the entire time there and the coaches really made me feel wanted. I had great talks with both Coach Ah You and Coach Mason. They both talked to me about the program as a whole and their intentions with where they are going. They told me that they see me as a disruptive, physical force on the defensive line that will be hard to handle. They made me excited about their own excitement. I received a good honest opinion about Vanderbilt.They have a lot of great things going for them and I am excited to stay in touch going forward."
Mitchell is a massive lineman who still has two years to go on the high school gridiron.
Standing 6'3 almost 290 pounds, the Franklin Road Academy lineman already has the look of a college player but understands he has much to learn before he reaches the collegiate ranks.
"I work hard at everything I do but I'm always humble in my process," Mitchell said. "I know I'm a big guy but I don;t use that as an excuse. I like to learn and I like to learn about things I have never done before. I am in no way blinded by the fact that I must get better, if I want to become the absolute best player I can be. My goal is to be the best, so that means I must continue to work and work some more."
Vanderbilt will not be the last school, let alone SEC program to offer Mitchell. Look for his stock to continue to rise as the off-season camp circuit and training sessions continue to go on.