Looking to be a Dual Badger

Corona (CA.) Eleanor Roosevelt cornerback Elijah Mitchell has already impressed one coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin enough to earn a scholarship offer. When he visits Madison later this month, it will be his goal to impress football coach Gary Andersen.

MADISON - With Wisconsin Coach Gary Andersen and his new staff having many roots and high school connections on the West Coast, Corona (CA.) Eleanor Roosevelt cornerback Elijah Mitchell is a new face on the Badgers radar.

A multi-sport athlete, Mitchell claims offers from Army, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming in football, but also claims an offer from the Badgers … in track.

"I have a track scholarship from them and have a recruiting trip that I will be taking over there on January 12," Mitchell told Badger Nation "I would be interested in doing both sports at Wisconsin. If Wisconsin offered me in football, I would consider Wisconsin a lot more. I would keep that in mind. When I go on my visit I will mention that to the track coaches and the track coaches already know I am interested with speaking to the football coaches and said I could go for it."

Living out in the West Coast, Mitchell has an idea of what Wisconsin is all about and what things stand out to him.

"I know they have a pretty good business school and I want to major in business, so that sparked my interest," he said. "The track program is pretty big and the football team played in the Rose Bowl. They had a good year by winning the Big Ten. That is just a little bit that I know. What stands out about Wisconsin is the great athletics and I know they rank nationally in academics, so that really stands out to me."

Despite the disappointing season, the 5-9, 165-pound Mitchell- a three-star recruit ranked the No. 106 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com - saw improvement in his game throughout the season.

"We went 3-7 this year, so it was a disappointing season," Mitchell said. "I think I had around 40 tackles and three interceptions. We got better as a team. We came together and I think I improved personally with my game as the season went on.

"My strengths would be my speed, which I try to use to my advantage and my weakness is probably my size because I am not the biggest guy on the field. I have to use my other attributes to play within my range."

In addition to Wisconsin, Mitchell will take football official visits to Army this weekend, Wyoming on January 18 and Nevada on January 26 will be taking that visit January 12. With no favorites and keeping his options open, Mitchell is hoping to make a decision by the end of the month.

"Everyone is equal," he said. "I want to see all the schools. I will be looking at where (schools) rank academically nationally and how high their business school ranks."


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