Georgia Tech took the right angle in recruiting one of New Jersey’s top college football prospects.
QB Damon Mitchell of Cedar Creek (N.J.) High School committed to Georgia Tech after attending Yellow Jackets Football Camp on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was also considering Iowa, Wisconson, and Rutgers, among his 18 football scholarship offers.
He was the second commitment of the day, along with Fayette County WR Antonio Messick.
Mitchell was ranked as a 3-star and No. 29 overall prospect out of New Jersey this year by 247sports. Many schools liked Mitchell as an “athlete.” Georgia Tech was one the first schools to offer Mitchell – and they made it at QB, his preferred position.
Last year was Mitchell’s first playing QB on the varsity level, with him rushing for 1,000 yards and passing for nearly 900 yards. He earned a lot of accolades for his physical style of play at safety.
“Georgia Tech was one of the first to offer at QB, and that really excited him early on,” Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson told the AJC. “Georgia Tech was on his shortlist, and when he got down there, he was blown away by the coaches, the campus and the academics.
“You could tell by his voice he was really feeling the place. He was excited about Georgia Tech, he called me and told me he was going to commit, and I supported him in his decision.
How will Mitchell do at Georgia Tech? “I think he’s going to be a great fit for the system at Georgia Tech,” Watson said. “I think he’s going to really surprise people with how well he throws the ball. He’s barely played the QB position, and he’s improved by leaps and bounds in such a short time.
“I think they see a kid with a ton of potential. Physically, he’s a tough runner, and I think his toughness shows on the defensive side of the ball. He strikes people well on the defensive side. On offense, he’s an elusive runner and physical as well. He’s not afraid of contract. He’s gained about 10-15 pounds of muscle, and we anticipate him being pretty hard to bring down this season. He’s shown to be a good leader. I think Georgia Tech is getting a special kid.”
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