Westerville South's Curtis Mitchell is running under the radar. Either that, or I see what colleges coaches must not see, or I do not see what college coaches see. At the Westerville Central - Westerville South game last Thursday night. Curtis caught attention early.
Listed at 6'4-240, Curtis may not be that heavy, but you can pick him out on the football field. Normally a tight end/ defensive end, in this game he moved inside to help stop Central's running game. Not every player enjoys playing defensive tackle, but no problem here. Excellent explosion off LOS. Uses his hands to disengage and was able to find the football. Good speed to run down the QB or ball carrier on pursuit. Motor runs. Offensively, he lined up at tight end. Blocked well. Good feet to seal the inside.
Do not know if he is a tight end at the next level, because he has the potential to get bigger. Because of his toughness and athleticism, I would put him on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe off base, but with work, he could line up at OLB and also, at times put his hand down and come off the edge. Regardless, Curtis is a football player who can play Division 1 football at the next level.
Besides playing both sides of the ball at Westerville South, Curtis carries a 3.6 in the classroom and scored a 27 on the ACT.
I called him to congratulate him on his game. When I asked him about any "offers," he said some teams were keeping him warm, but nothing definite, maybe Akron. Of course, I was surprised. No other MAC schools have offered.
Need to study some video, but watching him for just over a half, I liked what I saw. At 6'4-235, playing TE/DE and moving inside at times, but still being able to rush the passer and run down the ball carrier, Curtis Mitchell deserves some serious attention.