Utah running back commit gets a major ratings bump from 247Sports
Michael Mitchell, long underrated as a 2023 running back from Florida, got a ratings bump on Monday. He’s now a 4-star prospect in the industry-generated 247 Composite.
The 6-foot, 195-pound tailback committed to Utah back on June 30. Since, he’s seen his stock surge. When he committed to the program, he boasted a 0.8685 Composite Rating. Shortly after his verbal commitment, Mitchell got a small bump up to 0.8754. On Monday, he got another bump.
He now holds a 0.8908 Composite Rating, making him the 29th-ranked back in the 2023 class and the 402nd-ranked recruit overall.
The Middleburg (Fla.) product becomes the Utes’ third known 4-star commit, alongside safety Randon Fontenette and athlete Carlos Wilson.
As a junior last fall, Mitchell carried the load for Middleburg, running it 154 times for 1,378 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 172 yards a game and 8.9 yards a carry. He has also worked as a kickoff return man—recording a 91-yard return as a sophomore—and spent a bit of time on the defensive side of the ball. As a sophomore, he recorded 17 tackles and two tackles for loss.
UteZone’s Steve Bartle offered this in his scouting report:
Mitchell has a very good foundation, athletically and physically, to build on at the running back position. He is a bell-cow type of runner that is equal parts elusive and tough. He is capable of running inside and outside the tackles. His speed is verified with a 10.81 second 100-meter time he ran during track this spring. That speed is quite apparent once Mitchell hits the open field, however, the burst is there within the first 5-10 yards that makes him a dangerous threat to consistent pick up chunk yardage. Possesses good balance and is capable of bouncing runs outside or bending runs backside while maintaining his stride.