While most of the attention the past week in the state of Louisiana was focused on hurricane Katrina, the good news is that it didn't do much damage everywhere in the state. And that's something that New Iberia (La.) Westgate four-star receiver Jared Mitchell was excited about.
"The storm went East of us," said Mitchell, who lives in New Iberia, which is tucked near the coast just South of Lafayette and to the Wast of Baton Rouge.
"We barely got any rain. That was the craziest thing about it. We're all fine, and glad not to have to worry about anything."
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Any thing off the field - on the field, Mitchell said he said plenty of room for improvement in his team's first game.
"I didn't feel like I played up to par in our first game," he said. "But I noticed I have a lot more football knowledge this season. I know how to play my position better than I have in the past. So I expect to have a good season."
With offers on the table from LSU, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tulane and several others, Mitchell said he's going to have a tough time narrowing things down.
"I haven't really narrowed down my choices at all. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tulane, they're all still in it," he said. "I am going to figure out which schools to visit in a few weeks, but I haven't done any of that yet."
Still there is one coach that seems to have made a good impression with Mitchell.
"I really like talking to Coach (Les) Miles at LSU," Mitchell said. "He is real laid back and down to earth. They're recruiting me to play quarterback there. I wouldn't say they have an advantage because they're closer to home. It really doesn't make a difference where the school is located."
"I want to go to a school that will give me a good education. I want a chance to play early and good facilities, too. The school just needs to be pretty nice. Just as long as I can play on the offensive side of the ball, I'm happy. I'll play wide receiver or quarterback. It doesn't matter to me as long as I play."