NEW IBERIA, La. - It took a while for New Iberia (La.) Westgate wide receiver Jared Mitchell to end up on the recruiting map, but once he did, he made a rather large impact, picking up several offers and a high ranking.
"I can do a lot of different things," Mitchell said. "I play all over the field and do some running, passing, catching, whatever helps the team win mostly. I went to the NIKE camp and that was a great experience. There were a lot of great players there and I knew I had to do well to get noticed."
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Mitchell attended the NIKE camp at Ole Miss where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.58 seconds and posted a 30-inch vertical jump.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a wide receiver," Mitchell said. "I'm not too familiar with the position because I play quarterback, but I like to run routes and I have real good hands. I try and take stuff from a lot of people and combine different aspects to become a better player."
Mitchell is a member of the Rivals 250 and is ranked as the No. 11 player in Louisiana and the No. 30 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com.
"I have offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Stanford and Tulane," Mitchell said. "It's an honor to be offered by LSU, they like to throw the ball and it would be nice to get in that offense. I really take pride in my academics and Tulane and Stanford are really high on my list because of it. I really plan on taking my official visits and waiting until the end to make a decision."
As a junior Mitchell rushed for over 1,000 yards and averaged 12 yards per carry. He passed for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"I lived away this summer so moving off to school is not a big deal for me," Mitchell said. "I have a teammate Randall Antoine that is getting recruited and we have been talking about playing together. We need to get some of the same offers, but I think it would be cool to play with him again."