Future Coug on RCC quartet: We'll be a force

THREE-STAR DEFENSIVE END Jeremiah Mitchell (pictured above) verbally pledged Washington State this weekend along with two of his Riverside City College teammates. The 6-5, 260-pound defensive end along with LB Jonah Moi and DE DeVante Wilson, plus CB Treshon Broughton who went crimson a day earlier, now make up a substantial portion of WSU's class. CF.C had this intriguing Q&A with Mitchell ...

Mitchell was all set to pledge Oregon but then the Ducks wanted to wait to see what would happen with guys they had higher on their board and told Mitchell they may not have a spot for him. The Cougars do not have a defensive coordinator and that is a concern for Mitchell, but he said he liked the coaching staff so much at Washington State that he met this weekend that he was comfortable enough to make his verbal pledge. The trip to WSU was his first official visit. Mitchell has been offered by many school this recruiting cycle, including Arizona State, Oregon, and Texas.

CF.C: What does it mean to you to be able to go to the same college as your teammates at Riverside?
Mitchell: “It’s cool. We put a lot of work in together, and obviously we all came from the same junior college so we know what it takes to be a force, and what it took for us to get here. It’s just a blessing and we’re all amazed by it.”

CF.C: What stood out to you on your visit, why did you choose Washington State?
Mitchell: “It was just me and a couple teammates, and we were just thinking about how we could all go there and be a force. I just liked the school, it was nice, and I like the whole family atmosphere I had. I felt a lot of love and open arms.”

CF.C: What impressed you the most about WSU?
Mitchell: “Just the family atmosphere and how everyone seems like they’re really close and cool.”

CF.C: How do you like the college-town feel of WSU?
Mitchell: “Honestly, I don’t care too much about that. If I was in the city or not, I just want to focus on what I’m doing. Over there, it’ll fit more because I’ll be more focused and I wouldn’t have as many distractions.”

CF.C: What did you think of the facilities?
Mitchell: “It was nice that everything was brand new, and I loved it.”

CF.C: Did that have any impact on your decision?
Mitchell: “I wouldn’t say it really impacted it, but it was nice to see that they had nice things.”

CF.C: Are you still considering other schools?
Mitchell: “I’m still going to take my other visits, but I like Washington State.”

CF.C: What other visits do you have scheduled so far?
Mitchell: “Maybe Cal, and I need to call the Arizona State coach back.

CF.C: How important was early playing time to your decision?
Mitchell: “It’s very important because I’ve only got two more years left, but I’m going to go in and have fun and just do my thing.”

CF.C: Did you and the WSU coaches talk about the prospects of earning early playing time?
Mitchell: “They tell me that (I can.) I know that a lot of coaches are going to tell me that, but at the end of the day, I know I’m putting my work in. I’ve done what I’ve done to get here, and I’m not stopping now, and I’m not going to settle just because I made it to where I wanted to.”

CF.C: What position does WSU see you at?
Mitchell: “I guess I’m going to be the same. I’ll be the strong side defensive end.”

CF.C: What other in-home visits do you have?
Mitchell: “Coach Joe (Salave’a) and (Ken) Wilson are coming over Friday morning.” Mitchell said that no other schools are scheduled to make an in-home or in-school visit at this point.

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