February 10, 2010

Mitchell appears to fit new mold

It appears that new Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos wasn't kidding when he talked about preferring taller cornerbacks to play in the Bulldogs' new 3-4 scheme.

Valdosta High's Malcolm Mitchell certainly fits that mold.

At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, the 2011 prospect currently has offers from Alabama and Florida, but with the exception of the one he recently picked up from Georgia, only the Bulldogs would like him to play one of the two corner positions.

"Florida's looking at me at free safety and Alabama's looking at me at strong safety," Mitchell said in a telephone interview with UGASports. "Georgia likes me at on both sides of the ball and special teams. They said they really liked the way I played on the highlight tapes."

It's been a recent whirlwind of recruiting activity for Mitchell, whose three offers thus far are from the three SEC rivals.

But that's expected to soon change.

"I'm just enjoying the process right now," Mitchell said. "I don't have any favorites right now. I'm just looking at all the schools and see which one fits me best. I'm taking everything in."

Mitchell, who came to Athens for Georgia's Junior Day two weeks ago, is scheduled to visit Gainesville for Florida's Junior Day next week.

But so far, no one school stands out.

"Obviously, Alabama just won the national championship, so that makes you feel good while Florida has had a lot of winning seasons. I was excited to get an offer from them," he said.

The Bulldogs definitely have their plusses as well.

"I've grown up in a family that likes Georgia, we've always watched them play," Mitchell said. "They've got a new defensive coordinator so he would be looking on where he could play me at, but they've had a lot of people leave so I think I could have a chance to play early."

But he's not taking anything for granted.

"Wherever I go I know I'll have to be able to work hard if I want to play early," he said. "Working hard is all I'm thinking about right now."

After his upcoming visit to Florida, Mitchell isn't sure where he'll visit during the summer.

"I honestly don't know yet," he said. "I know I'll be looking at some schools, but right now I'm not sure what I'll be looking for."

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