January 13, 2009

Unknown dual-threat QB earns Michigan's attention

Though Michigan already has one quarterback in the Class of 2009, it wanted another, and with the loss of Shavodrick Beaver, U-M's coaches have been searching far and wide for a fit. Amite, La., prospect Brandon Mitchell may be that fit …

The 6-4, 220-pound recruit reports offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi State and Tulsa, and has interest in Tennessee and Georgia his high school coach said. The Wolverines sent linebackers coach Jay Hopson down to Louisiana last week with permission to offer a scholarship and the meeting excited Mitchell.

"He's very interested in Michigan," coach Alden Foster said. "He likes the offense and thinks he can play a big role early in his career. He's traveled his entire life with AAU basketball so he's actually been to Michigan before and said he liked it and could see himself there. But he also likes Arkansas - he just visited there - and Mississippi State because they hired Florida's offensive coordinator as coach."

Mitchell was originally scheduled for an official visit to Michigan this weekend but the Maize and Blue are unsure whether they will bring visitors in. Mitchell still intends to visit but might have to wait a week.

"As long as they want him, he'll go up there and take a look because it's a school he knows could be a perfect for him," Foster said. "They're very high on his list right now."

A dual-threat quarterback, Mitchell threw for more than 4,000 yards with 52 interceptions and just seven interceptions in his final two seasons at Amite. He also rushed for 1,800 yards. Mitchell runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and boasts a 42-inch vertical. He's a tremendous athlete that accepted a scholarship offer from LSU for basketball in his sophomore season.

"I think a lot of programs that might have been interested in him as a football player just left him alone because they thought he was a basketball player playing football as a way to stay busy," Foster said. "But in the last two years, he's really fallen in love with football and that's his No. 1 priority right now.

"His upside is so great in football and that's what has people excited - that has me excited.

"This is a kid that has it all. He can throw the ball from his knees through the uprights from 30 yards out. His decision-making will have to improve in college but he's a tremendous runner and passer that in the right offense can be dynamic."

Mitchell is presently unranked by Rivals.com.

TheWolverine.com will have more on Foster as his recruitment unfolds.

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