Mitchell sparks undefeated Bay City Central

Bay City Central is off to a 2-0 start and 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman Alex Mitchell is determined to help his team continue on its undefeated ways.

Mitchell, who has verbally committed to Michigan, is a three-year-starter on offense at tackle for Central and is starting on defense as a tackle for the first time.

"We've had some easy games so far," Mitchell said. "We'll have a tough game this Friday."

He was referring to Friday's showdown against Midland Dow.

"We have a pretty tough schedule all season," Mitchell said. "We'll also have Saginaw High and Bay City Western down the road."

But with Mitchell in its lineup throughout the season, Bay City Central figures to be among the toughest schools the opposition will face all season.

"I feel really improved from last year," Mitchell said. "I really have worked on my speed. I got a lot stronger over the summer. My footwork became a lot better after summer camp."

Mitchell has looked forward to the challenge of being a two-way player this year.

"We graduated a lot of seniors who played on defense," he said. "I really like playing both ways. Once you get into the game, I don't think about being on the sidelines anymore. I like playing defense. It gives me a chance to keep playing hard."

Mitchell has played offensive tackle since the seventh grade.

"I was the biggest kid on my squad back then," he said. "Right now, I definitely look at myself as a leader on the offensive line. I love run blocking. I try to finish all the way through. Blocking is definitely my strong suit. I'm hoping to continue to improve on pass blocking. I have to stay focused."

Selecting Michigan for his college football career was an easy choice for Mitchell.

"Michigan has always been No. 1 for me," he said. "I had offers from other schools. I've been a Michigan fan all my life. It's been a dream of mine to play there. I'm going as an offensive guard."

While he's still playing high school football, "I'll work on my speed and strength. When I get to Michigan, they'll help me more with my technique."

Before he worries about being a Wolverine, Mitchell is eyeing a banner season with his Bay City Central team.

"We can go as far as we want," he said. "If we stick together, we'll go far."

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