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Mitchell must decide on future position

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Before he was ever the starting quarterback for Niceville (Fla.) High, rising senior Andrew Mitchell was the school's starting kicker as a freshman. Now, entering his senior season he has to decide which position he'll play at the next level.
Mitchell currently has offers from UCF and Jacksonville State to play quarterback, while teams all across the Southeast are showing interest in him as a kicker and/or punter.
"It's a little bit of a both right now," Mitchell said after participating in Florida's Friday Night Lights event as a quarterback. "Schools like Marshall, Southern Miss, FAU and Cincinnati have all shown interest in me as a kicker. Some have said I can compete for both; there are a bunch of schools in the mix right now."
Mitchell has attended camps at Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Florida in an attempt to raise his profile.
While UCF is his only FBS offer, he's holding out hope that other schools will give him a look at kicker, a position where offers can come very late in the process.
"All the schools have been telling me to keep in contact," he said. "I'm hoping for a school to come around."
In the meantime, he's weighing his options.
"I had originally wanted to kick at a bigger school but I love playing quarterback," Mitchell said. "Right now I could go either way. I love both and I'd like to play either one at the next level. Wherever I get the best opportunity is probably where I'll end up."
As far as a timeline, Mitchell said he's in no rush to decide and will likely hold off until after his high school season.
"I'm still sort of waiting to see what happens as the season goes on," Mitchell said. "I don't have a certain time when I'm wanting to commit. I'm waiting for doors to open because I'm still talking to coaches so we'll see."
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