Klein (Texas) Collins safety Franklin Mitchem looks good in pads. He looks good in practice, scooping balls in a fumble drill with the palm of his hand. He looks good in the classroom and looks good on the basketball hardwood.
Will he look good in Texas Tech black and red next season? Not so fast he says.
Even after the smoke settled as his summer recruitment ended in a verbal commitment to Texas Tech, the 6-3, 200-pounder dusted it up a little this week.
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"I still plan on taking some visits," he said. "I'm going to see what offers I have and then see if I want to visit some schools. I like Texas A&M and the Arizona State coaches are keeping in touch with me a lot."
Mitchem unofficially visited Ole Miss, Arizona State, Arizona and Texas Tech before verbally committing to the Red Raiders in August.
He has thankfully been injury-free on a team that has been bitten hard and often by the injury bug. Klein Collins has had six starters out for much of its two losses, including three season-ending injuries. Michael Goodson was one of those suffering an ankle injury but will be back this weekend.
Mitchem was named to the Rivals.com Texas top 100 list this season where he comes in at No. 67.
A few lockers down, teammate Matt Allen still seems solid to LSU while Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tennessee are still pursuing.
"I get a lot of calls and text messages," he said. "Tennessee and Oklahoma are really getting after me, but I'm still solid to LSU."
Tiger offensive lineman David Brown is also receiving interest from schools ranging from Kansas State, Northwestern, UTEP, Missouri and Air Force.
"A lot of schools want more tape on David, but he's a Division I athlete," Klein Collins coach Ronnie Feldman said.