Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale weakside defensive end Carl Mitchell was 6-foot-4, 225 pounds at the start of the 2010 football season. Seven months later, the junior is now 6-6, 238 and, as he points out, "still growing."
For Mitchell, that frame is a great asset on the field.
"The taller the better," he said. "[The height] helps me get the blocked balls. That's what I do, block balls. Every game [last season] I think I had at least four blocks."
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Colleges apparently are impressed with what they have seen. To date, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Memphis and Southern Miss have offered.
Additionally, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and UCLA are showing interest. Arkansas State was the first program to offer. Southern Miss was the most recent.
Who might be next?
"I think Mississippi State," Mitchell said. "I think they need defensive ends."
Although Mitchell said he is open, there is one school he admits to liking quite a bit -
Arkansas. The Razorbacks have not yet offered, but Mitchell thinks there is a "strong possibility" they will, and perhaps sometime soon.
"I just love the way they play defense," Mitchell said. "I like how their defensive ends come with the pass rush. It fits my skill set."
Thus far, Mitchell has visited only Memphis this year. The Tigers "are trying to do everything they can to get me over there," he said.
"I might try to take a trip to the University of Arkansas coming up," Mitchell said. "And then maybe Alabama. I'm also going to a Nike camp at the University of Georgia [in April]."