Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill) already held several major offers heading into the spring evaluation period in the month of April. Following solid performances in Dallas, TX and Hampton, Va. on the Nike EYBL circuit the 6-foot-3 prospect has seen the recruiting action heat up even more.
2014 Guard Devin Mitchell
The 2014 combo guard picked up six new offers becoming one of the hottest prospects in the southeast. However, it was something that he had been expecting because of his performance.
“It is kind of exciting,” Mitchell told 247Sports. “I have been playing really well so it is not a big shock but it is so much at one time I didn’t think it would be like that, it is just happening so fast.”
Heading into the spring evaluation period, Mitchell had plenty of high major interest to go along with offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Xavier and Georgia. During the two weeks that college coaches could be in attendance at AAU Tournaments there was a certain area that Mitchell focused on in order to see more teams join his offer list.
“I really had to prove that I could play defense and I think that was the biggest question mark about me,” Mitchell said. “Playing defense and guarding the other team’s best player all the time and schools saw that I could do that. Efficiently was also big, I use to take a lot of shots to get my points but I was much better this month.”
On Sunday evening, Mitchell received a phone call from Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin. That particular call was one that he had been waiting on and Martin did not disappoint as he offered Mitchell a scholarship.
“That was a big one,” Mitchell said. “We had a regular conversation like we always do. He just told me that every time he had come to see me play I had gotten better and that goes to show you what hard work does. I have been big on Tennessee and that was one of the school I really wanted an offer from.”
Mitchell has been to the Knoxville campus before and spoke about the aspects that stand out to him.
“I have been up there for an elite camp,” he said. “The size of the arena, the whole city is just all about Tennessee, their fan support is incredible and they are the main attraction there.”
Along with the Volunteers, Marquette stepped forward with an offer last week. It was a special offer for him due to family ties he has to the area.
“I am from Chicago so that was a big one,” he said. “I go back there every summer. My grandparents live in Wisconsin, about 20 minutes from Milwaukee so I have always been around that campus. That is my grandfather’s favorite school.”
One other school that has the early attention of the 2014 combo guard is Kansas State. The Wildcats were returned to the NCAA this season under first year head coach Bruce Weber who’s time at another school could help him be a factor with Mitchell.
“That was a big offer because my dad’s favorite school was Illinois so he was a big fan of Bruce Weber,” Mitchell said. “It was a big honor when I talked to them and they offered me. I feel like I get along with them and they are in a big conference. The reason they standout a lot is because they have a lot of things that I am looking for.”
With recruiting suddenly exploding on him, Mitchell has slowed things down and has developed a new time frame for how he will handle the situation.
“I had started to kind of cut things down but things picked up and now I am still open to everybody and looking for the right spot,” he said. “I am open to everybody. I would definitely like to narrow things down in July and then take some officials and will be shooting to have a decision in the first signing period.”
Asked to outline some of the area’s that will help him make a decision, Mitchell did not hesitate with the key factors that he is looking for.
“Coaching staff is the most important thing,” he said. “The school’s academics are going to be important as well. I want to do communications so I am looking at the programs for each school in that area. I want the opportunity to play early so whichever school I fit in early will play a big part as well.”
Mitchell is rated as a four-star prospect with an overall grade of 91. He is considered the fifth best prospect in the state of Georgia in the 2014 class by 247Sports.