Oregon makes top-five for elite 5-star DB prospect from Alabama
There is a distinct flavor to Tony Mitchell’s top five list, and then there’s Oregon.
The 5-star defensive back from Alabaster, Alabama, revealed his final five schools on Monday, and four of them reside pretty close to home. There’s Florida and Alabama and Georgia and Texas A&M. And then there are the Ducks. Call it the Dan Lanning special.
Oregon is right in the hunt to secure the services of one of the South’s best defensive prospects in the 2023 cycle.
top 5. pic.twitter.com/tObECrDRfv
— Tony Mitchell (@DatGuyTM) March 28, 2022
Mitchell ranks as the 19th-best overall prospect in his class, per the 247 Composite. He’s the third-best corner prospect and the third-best player in the state of Alabama. No doubt Lanning’s recruiting prowess and ties to the region from his time at Georgia are helping here.
A 6-foot-2, 180-pound DB, Mitchell told On3’s Hayes Fawcett his relationship with Lanning is strong. “It’s different on the West Coast and I can be the change to help them become national championship contenders,” he said, per Fawcett.
So far, Mitchell has been part of teams at Thompson that have gone a combined 29-2 in his first three seasons of high school ball. Thompson has won three straight Alabama 7A state titles as Mitchell has played both at corner and safety.
Cooper Petagna, 247Sports’ national recruiting analyst, had this to say of Mitchell’s game:
“Long reactionary defensive back with fluid hips that transitions smoothly in and out of breaks. … Plays in multiple positions throughout the secondary but appears most comfortable as a slot defender and as a deep safety. Has the ability to play corner if needed but more than likely projects as a safety at the next level. High processing player that wins with instincts more than physical traits.”
You can see Mitchell’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: