Fall camp starts today, which means there will be football THIS MONTH. Y’know...I like football. With under a month left until kickoff, today we’ll look at #29 on the Boise State roster—Chris Mitchell
#29, Chris Mitchell, RS Freshman, CB
Weight: 196 lbs. (+1)
High School/College: Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, CA
How’d he get to The Blue™?
Well, being awesome at football was the first and most important step. Mitchell was listed as a consensus 3-star recruit (borderline 4*), and the #75 safety in the country and the 93rd best recruit in the state of California when the Broncos were recruiting him. He passed on offers from San Diego State, Colorado State, Washington State, Iowa State and Notre Dame to become a Bronco.
He’ll make ya...
As a senior for the Diablos, Chris had 50 total tackles, 35 solo, one tackle for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. On offense, he had 47 carries for 284 yards and 5 touchdowns.
We weren’t entirely sure where Mitchell would line up once he took the field for the Broncos, and I guess technically we still don’t, although we need a bigger infusion of depth and talent at CB than we do currently at either safety spot...so hopefully Mitchell lands precisely where he’s listed on the roster—fighting for a now-open corner spot (Tyler Horton: he gone). If you’ve watched Mitchell’s high school tape at all, (and if you haven’t...here you go) you’ll see him locking down a who’s who of California prep talent—many of who(m) went on to land big-time P5 offers...the kid is an island unto himself and with his larger-than-average CB build, I think he could be a very welcome addition to the CB rotation this fall if he’s learned the defense as we all assume he has.
To take the torch from Horton, Mitchell will need to overtake Jalen Walker, primarily...a junior who’s now appeared in 22 career games for the Broncos. Mitchell also will need to hold off Tyric LeBeauf and Marques Evans. The former was looking rather good last season until an injury dashed all hopes of a burned redshirt. Behind incumbent starter Avery Williams, who is almost sure to land (or re-land) one CB spot...and the aforementioned Walker, we don’t have a whole lot of experience, but we do have size and pedigree. One of those guys will rise up in camp and seize the reins of that competition. Those relegated to non-starter status are still going to be called upon early and often and probably even sneak into some special packages. For what it’s worth, I think Mitchell might be the best of that bunch, but it’s not easy unseating someone with as much experience as Walker, but I do think he’ll at the very least carve out some significant time this fall and from there—who knows? Mitchell has all the talent in the world, he just needs his chance. Chances are being handed out starting...(checks calendar)...today!
Is he on Twitter?
Yes, and here’s an oldie but goodie.
Completely made up fact
Mitchell has petitioned the NCAA to be able to play with a wizard’s staff. When asked why, he responded, “because YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”