FORTH WORTH, Texas - Sleeper prospects emerge at every Nike camp. At TCU Tevin Mitchel of Mansfield (Texas) Legacy was that sleeper…to some. Though he was a new name to many in attendance, Mitchel is well known to at least four programs that have offered him. However even those offers are new.
Arkansas, Purdue, Tulsa and Washington State are the four programs that can take credit for getting in early on this long, athletic cornerback prospect. After his performance in Fort Worth though, those programs may soon have more competition.
"This is my first camp so I think I did pretty good for my first one," Mitchel said. "I got experience and I just came out here and gave it my all. I wanted to get better since I have offers. I'm trying to get better for the next level and just keep up the good work and encourage other people to do good and just come out here and be a good leader."
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Three weeks ago is when the offers starting arriving, first from Arkansas, then from Purdue, then came Tulsa and Washington State. Currently, the first two offers are the two that stand out the most for Mitchel.
"I'm interested in both Arkansas and Purdue because I'm from Arkansas so I think that would bea good place for me," he said. "Purdue, that's a good engineering school and I can see myself go there so I'm interested in both of those."
Mitchel also names Kansas State, TCU and Arizona State as programs that he'd be interested in hearing more from.
"I've been receiving letters from Arizona State, a lot from Kansas State and TCU and I just like what they've been saying," he said.
The interest likely won't stop. A lot stands out about Mitchel on the field. He is tall but his length allows him to cover even more ground than you would expect. He's extremely quick in and out of his breaks and he has good instincts. What's more impressive is that those instincts come after only playing a year at the position.
"Every year they change my position," he said. "My freshman year I was a receiver. Sophomore year I was a running back. Junior year I was a corner and then I'm playing safety this year. In college I'll play corner but I'm playing safety this year."
This weekend, Mitchel has plans to visit Tulsa, the weekend following he will be at Arkansas and before the weekend before the TCU camp he took in the Oklahoma campus.
"Since I'm a junior, I'm going to kind of wait and I'll probably commit later," he said of his future plans. "I want to look at other colleges and see what other offers come in."
If Mitchel continues to perform as well as he did last Sunday at TCU, he could see numerous other offers arrive and the sleeper disappear.