Nick Mitchell (6-2 175 So. QB ) Mt Si
Last season, the Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.) Wildcats came out of nowhere to make a run at the playoffs, but they lost QB Ryan Atkinson to graduation, so people may wonder who will end up taking over the helm of the offense. However, after watching this past weekend’s NEI/ Barton 7-on-7 tournament it appears junior-to-be Nick Mitchell will step in and not miss a beat.
As a sophomore this past season, Mitchell, who is currently 6’2″ and 175 pounds, played both ways for Mount Si, but got most of his reps as a safety on defense.
“I got in in the second half of games, when we were winning at quarterback and I played the second half of our playoff game,” Mitchell said. “I played safety almost every game so I have some game experience, but this is the year when I’ll get a chance to start.”
So far this offseason, Mitchell, the younger brother of Oregon State signee Josh Mitchell, has been working hard at getting his timing down with his receivers, but also getting the playbook down and showing his teammates his work-ethic.
“We get up early on Saturday mornings and get out and throw just working on our timing,” Mitchell noted. “I also have been working on my footwork with our coaches and coming to these camps here with Barton too.
“II’m going with my team to some 7-on-7 camps this summer, maybe to a camp in Oregon and then the Northwest Elite camp on June 8th at Mercer Island,” Mitchell noted. “I’m also looking at the Barton camp on June 30th (at the University of Washington) because it’s pretty close and because there will be a lot of great guys to work with and compete against there.”
While he’ll likely end up being the starter at quarterback when Mount Si takes the field this September, he admitted he will miss playing defense a little.
“I’ll miss playing defense for sure, but there’s no sense it getting myself hurt,” Mitchell said. “I love playing defense though and it’s a mindset I try to bring to the offensive side too. We have so many weapons on offense though, it’s hard not to be excited by what I will have to work with.”
As far as recruiting goes, this summer will be a big chance for Mitchell to show coaches what he can do and if he has a great junior season this fall, look for several schools to come knocking at his door.