Mitogo Is A Fast Riser

College of the Canyons DE Nate Mitogo (6-4, 237) has seen his stock soar and the talented pass-rusher already has five offers and more could be on the way...

"Things have been good, real good. It's been pretty busy around here with spring ball and coaches from four-year schools dropping by," Mitogo told "I have five offers right now -- Idaho, Central Michigan, Akron, Utah and UAB -- and there were a bunch of other schools that were by and said they would be watching me, but right now, I just have the five offers."

Actually, Mitogo was poised to join Central Michigan this coming fall, but he was unable to get his credits in line, so he opened up his recruitment.

"I was all set to go back there and play, but it was only if I could get in for this fall," Mitogo said. "When that didn't happen, I decided to come back here and open things up.

"I am still open to them, for sure, but I'm going to go through the process before I make a decision on what I am going to do."

Mitogo is a straight-up, edge pass-rusher, using his long frame and quickness to get after the quarterback and he said there's one down that he loves to see.

"I live for third-and-long," Mitogo said. "I love being able to put my hand down and just go after the quarterback.

"I use my speed and quickness well and I'm getting a lot stronger so I can play the run better. I am pretty well-rounded in how I play the game, so I want to improve in every area and that is where my focus is."

Mitogo only played two years of high school ball, so he was a bit overlooked as a senior after he finished up his prep career at Grand Rapids (Mi.) Christian, so he wound up leaving the state and coming out to California to continue playing.

"My coach in high school coached out here at COC, so he made a call and I talked to them and felt pretty good about coming out here," Mitogo said. "It's been a good move for me. I have focused on school and football and the coaches here are really good about getting guys ready to play at the next level."

Mitogo is on pace to finish up his two-year degree this December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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