Defensive Lineman Stands Out at Auburn Camp

Derrick Mitchell

Defensive line prospect Derrick Mitchell talks about his camp trip to Auburn.

Jacksonville, Fla.--One of the most impressive performers at Auburn's one-day senior football camp on Sunday was defensive lineman Derrick Mitchell from First Coast High.

Mitchell used both his quickness and strength to shine in the one-on-one competitions vs. offensive linemen and notes that he enjoyed his trip to the Auburn camp.

"I had a lot of fun at the camp," Mitchell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It is always fun competing against the best players from around the nation and around the Southeast. It was a great thing. I loved it."

Mitchell says attending the camp at Auburn will help him reach his senior goals that include getting in great condition so he can perform hard on every play. "I want to continue to develop a variety of moves and improve my speed and agility, which is always important," he says.

"I am working on getting my strength up for college because everybody at the next level will be my size and my weight," he adds. "I have to work on a lot of technique stuff so I can get above and beyond my competition."

The defensive lineman, who says he is up 6-4, 285 pounds, notes that he has a 3.5 grade point average and he is majoring in studying to become a dentist when goes to college.

In February he announced that he was going to attend Florida Sate, but has since said he is going to check out other colleges before making a final decision. "I still feel good about Florida State," he says. "They are number one on my list. I am going to take a look around still."

Derrick Mitchell combines excellent size with excellent quickness.

Commenting on what are his most important factors in choosing a college, Mitchell says, "I am looking for a family atmosphere and early playing time. I am also looking at the student to teacher ratio for the classes. I don't want to be in a class with 100 students and not be able to ask the teacher a question if I want to. I would like to get early playing time."

A prospect who can line up at tackle or end, Mitchell says he enjoys either position "It doesn't matter," says the lineman who has been a starter since the middle of his freshman year in high school. "I try to dominate wherever I go. A lot of colleges are looking at me at the three technique (tackle) so that is what I will probably focus on for my senior season."

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