In a telephone interview Thursday, Mitchell said that Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, North Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin are showing him the most interest right now—those programs have all made spring-evaluation period stops at Chippewa Falls. Mitchell is also receiving letters from Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana, Yale and Princeton, among others.
"He's very intelligent," Chippewa Falls coach Chuck Raykovich said in a telephone interview last week. "He's got a 3.9 grade-point average. He's just a real pleasant kid to be around. He doesn't talk a lot. He listens. And he's very focused."
Mitchell "spot played" on the varsity as a sophomore, according to Raykovich. He moved into the starting lineup last fall as a wide receiver/tight end and earned honorable mention all-state acclaim from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.
"I think (college programs) are looking at him eventually as a tight end," Raykovich said. "He plays wide receiver for us but we also move him in to play tight. He is 6-4, 225 and by the time he gets done growing he'll be 250, 260…
"I think most of his weight is in his lower body. He's got big legs, but his upper body hasn't caught up yet. His dad is a big guy. I think when he finally matures he's going to be a huge target."
What impression does Mitchell have of the recruiting process so far?
"I guess that you can't really just wait for them to come to you," he said. "You've got to contact them. You can't just wait for people to come and talk to you. You've got to go do stuff like combines and things like that to get noticed."
With that in mind Mitchell has participated in the adidas combine in Madison and the Bellin Elite Combine in Green Bay. His best marks include a 5.18 40-yard dash, 28-inch vertical jump and eight bench-press reps at 155 pounds.
Mitchell did not claim any favorites. He hopes to attend two or three one-day football camps this summer and was sitting down with his family Thursday night to discuss options for those trips.
He wants to attend a school that can provide "good educational experiences," he said. "Just more of a well-respected program."