BEAVERTON, OR -- When 2013 Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian linebacker Mike Mitchell made his way out to the Pacific Northwest, all he hoped to do was to come out and give it his best.
Turns out that his best is pretty good. Mitchell not only set the SPARQ national record with a score of 154.47, but he also managed to take home the SPARQ national championship by repeating his performance in the finals. Not an easy task.
At the end of the day, Mitchell was standing on the podium at Nike World Headquarters holding the national championship trophy above his head. To say it was a good feeling is an understatement.
"That was definitely one of the best feelings that I've ever had," the uber-athletic linebacker told SB Nation on Saturday.
The 4.39 40 that Mitchell ran was an impressive number for a prospect who checks in at 6-4 and 212 pounds. But it wasn't a fluke -- the PCA product said that he consistently runs in the 4.40 to 4.41 range during workouts, which typically include a lot of work on the track focusing on his speed.
Currently uncommitted, Mitchell said that three schools are standing out for him right now; Ohio State, Florida State, and Texas A&M. He hasn't visited the two former campuses, but is planning on making trips to both this summer.
A Florida native who grew up a fan of the Gators when new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer roamed the sidelines in Gainesville, Mitchell said that the staff stands out for him.
"Definitely Coach Myers -- everyone knows his reputation, how good of a coach he is. Coach Hermann is a good guy and I know that if I go there, there's a chance to compete for early playing time, and the school's great from what I heard."
A visit to Columbus should happen in the next several weeks, as Mitchell said that "I'm supposed to be doing that. I'm going to take a week's rest when I get back from this and then my dad and I are supposed to fly out around that time."
As for Florida State, Mitchell plans on attending the Gridiron Kings event in Florida later in the month, so he may make it to Tallahassee at that time. He stated that "I think actually when I'm down there for the Gridiron Kings, my dad and I might drive up there. I'm originally from Florida, so that's why I like Florida State."
The Seminoles have the added benefit of a commitment from Mitchell's friend and teammate, Christian Morgan, who is set to play tight end for Jimbo Fisher. Morgan told SB Nation that he's going to "work my butt off" to get Mitchell in garnet and gold.
Morgan has been true to his word.
"We've been texting all this weekend and he's been asking me what's going on. He's got another guy telling me to come to Florida State."
So, is Mitchell interested in playing with his high school teammate on the next level?
"It would be nice to play with someone I know, so that would be cool."
For the Aggies, the proximity of the school is one thing that stands out.
"I really like them, the coaching staff is really good and really nice to me," he said. "It's close to home, so my parents and my whole family could come and watch me."
Mitchell did add that while proximity is a nice benefit of potentially playing at Texas A&M, he did say it won't be a factor in his eventual decision, just another "asset" for the Aggies in their recruitment of him.
As for other in-state schools, Mitchell said that Baylor is still in the mix for him as a school that he has visited several times, including with Morgan.
Many Texas fans want to see the Longhorns increase their recruitment of Mitchell, even before his astounding effort in the SPARQ testing, so have the 'Horns been in contact?
"Not really," said the Florida native. "I haven't kept in touch with them or heard from them lately. If they were to talk to me, I would still be open to talk to them."
However, there is one important caveat regarding the position that at which Texas prefers him.
"They said linebacker, but there were some hints of defensive end in there and I just want to stick to linebacker," revealed Mitchell.
After cracking off a 4.39 40 on Saturday, it's understandable that Mitchell wants to play in space in college -- he can cover a lot of it at an incredible rate.
As for his eventual destination, it sounds like there's still a lot yet to be determined with his recruitment.
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