Katy (Texas) Morton Ranch athlete Joe Mitchell was one of the top stories in 2008. After going 0-18 in two seasons, Morton Ranch inserted Mitchell as the Mavericks' quarterback during the last game of 2007. He won his first game last year and came out of the gate quickly this season, leading Morton Ranch to a 6-4 record. The Mavericks just missed the playoffs, but now have something to build their program on in the future thanks to Mitchell.
Mitchell threw for 1,019 yards and rushed for 1,200 this season, as well as scoring 20 touchdowns.
"Schools are recruiting him at safety, but also want to see what he can do at quarterback," coach Scott Svendsen said. "He's really been coached at the quarterback position for about a year and he has made some great strides. He's a leader on the field."
Mitchell holds offers from Oklahoma State, UTEP and Tulane, but one SEC school is bringing him in on an official visit.
"Florida really likes him and he's going up there next week," Svendsen said. "He really likes Florida and they have some sincere interest in him."
Other schools showing interest in the 6-foot-3 athlete include Boston College, Baylor, Missouri, Texas A&M and TCU.
"He's a thoughtful kid and will take a look at all of his options," he said.
His running mate Michael Venson is also getting looks from TCU and Boston College.