Clemson Thursday extended an offer to SAF Dakota Mitchell (5-11 170) of Winter Park, FL. USC previously had offered Mitchell who also has offers from Florida, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, MIchigan, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville and others. No one school has separated from the pack just yet, but Clemson will be one to watch.
“Getting that offer was something big to me and I’m just blessed to receive it,” Mitchell said. “Me, coach (Todd) Bates, and coach (Brent) venables are starting to get a tight relationship together. They are both saying they see something huge in me. Having the chance to join them is a dream come true. Clemson is one of the biggest colleges ever and to know that I could be apart of that is just big.”
Mitchell visited Miami last weekend and will visit Florida State this weekend. As for the Gamecocks, Mitchell said that relationship is still in the development stage.
“Me and coach (Travaris) Robinson talk sometimes but, we both agreed on getting a better relationship together and talking more and stuff,” Mitchell said.
Though listed as a safety, Mitchell said part of his appeal to college recruiters is his versatility.
“They love how I am all around player, how I can play any position on the field, not just one,” he said. “They also like how I’m explosive at safety and not afraid to lay some wood. And I’ve also got some good hands.”
Mitchell plans to put together a top ten list in the near future. Two of those spots are taken. “Yes, Clemson and South Carolina will be in it,” said Mitchell who visited both places in the ninth grade.
He has set May 21st for his commitment announcement and he’s not sure yet if he’ll sign and graduate early.
Mitchell also plays receiver and he said he scored 17 touchdowns last season including one pick six.