Mitchell Back from Official Visit

<b>Lance Mitchell</b> is a 6-3, 240 pound inside linebacker for the City College of San Francisco Rams, and Mitchell just made it back to the Bay Area after taking an official visit to the <b>University of Washington</b> with teammate Gibril Wilson. Here's what he had to say about his trip.

"I loved it," Lance told Dawgman.com. "I loved the atmosphere. I love the stadium. I could picture myself playing there. Everyone was cool. The people that I met, the students, everybody. They all were cool." Ironically enough, when Mitchell was in high school, he signed with Washington State, but found his way eventually to San Francisco. "I just showed up," Lance told us of his plan to become a Ram. I just didn't want to go to Washington State."

With two seasons at CCSF nearly complete, Mitchell will graduate and sign a Letter of Intent in December and then enroll in January to the college of his choice. And he does have some pretty impressive choices. With offers from schools throughout the country, Lance has set up official visits to Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

But this weekend in Seattle was more than just an official visit for Lance. In a way, it was a bit of a reunion, as Washington signed two of Mitchell's teammates last year, Kai Ellis and Taylor Barton, with a third, Francisco Tipoti expected to enroll in the fall of 2002 after fullfilling his academic requirements. "They didn't have too much to say," Mitchell said about Ellis and Barton. But then he backtracked just a bit. "Taylor did. He's kind of the business man. He always has a lot to say. But it wasn't too serious."

Mitchell especially enjoyed seeing Kai again, as the two were very close at CCSF. "It was really cool playing with Kai," he said. "He's just like me. He's a real hard worker."

After playing on Friday night, Mitchell and Wilson came up to Seattle to see the Apple Cup, and while the game was the highlight of the visit, the post-game meal wasn't too far behind, in Lance's opinion. "We went to the Metropolitan Grill for dinner. I had the Filet Mignon and an Australian Lobster Tail. We also got a chance to talk to the coaches a lot."

The two main coaches Mitchell spoke to were Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Linebackers Coach Tom Williams. "He said a lot about the school and the program," Lance said, referring to his conversation with Neuheisel. "I could tell he was a players' coach." And Williams? "He just told me to go on my trips and then come back."

So with one official trip in the books, was Mitchell satisfied that he saw everything he needed to see in a school to make a verbal commitment? "I told 'em that I'll know once I've taken all of my trips," he said.

With his 6-3, 240-pound frame, Mitchell boasts a 4.5 40 and a 385-pound bench press. With those numbers, it's no wonder he's getting cross-country attention. His last visit is scheduled for the weekend of December 14th, so expect Lance to make a quick decision soon thereafter. We'll be in touch with him when he makes that important decision.

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