Taquan Mizzell isn't afraid to step out on the field and test himself against some of the nation's best football players.
That much is clear when you look at his summer schedule.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound back from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside will be attending the Rivals Challenge in Atlanta, Gridiron Kings in Florida, and The Opening out in Oregon.
Not that he really has to prove himself at this point. He learned on Monday that he's going to occupy an even better spot on the Rivals100 and was happy, to say the least.
"That's real good," an obviously excited Mizzell said. "I'm excited to see where I'm at."
"Smoke," as he's called, said that he, Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown, a pair of five-star candidates from the Class of 2014 in Virginia, are all excited about the Rivals Challenge.
Mizzell knows that his quickness and footwork are ideal for events like these in the offseason so he's expecting big things from himself in Atlanta and elsewhere.
Last we heard from Mizzell it was a two-horse race between Virginia and West Virginia.
He has since said that he's totally open and now he's got a new outlook.
"Probably sometime next week I'm going to be narrowing it down to around 10 schools," Mizzell said. "Then I'll probably narrow it down again a week or two after that."
Are any schools locks to make that first cut?
"I know Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, NC State and West Virginia will make it. I'm just not sure about the other five yet," the four-star back said.
While many believe the Cavaliers have always been at or near the top of the rising senior's list he said it's not that simple.
"Not exactly," he said, expressing a desire to keep his options open for a while.
One school that has seen their chances with Mizzell improve dramatically lately is NC State.
"They came by the school a couple of times this spring," he said. "And they've told me I'm the number one guy on their board. They're higher than they were."