October 14, 2009

Visit to Fort Collins turns into family reunion

A college visit to Fort Collins proved to be a family reunion this weekend for Joshua Mitchell. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback out of Corona, Calif.'s Eleanor Roosevelt High School visited the Colorado State campus to check out the same CSU program his brother, Immanuel, already plays for.

The younger Mitchell, Joshua, holds 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. Last season he accounted for 74 tackles and one interception. This season he has intercepted five passes and returned two punts for a touchdown. He is being recruited primarily as a cornerback.

His scholarship offers come from Colorado State, Nebraska, UTEP, San Diego State, Washington State and Idaho. Mitchell is planning on taking a visit to Nebraska on Nov. 7 and will likely take a couple other visits in an effort to figure out which college he wants to attend.

This weekend, the future communications major took a look at Colorado State University.

"It was good," Mitchell said of the visit. "We went to a game, it was extremely cold at the game, but it was a good game. Afterwards I got to hang out with my brother. I had a great time."

The visit with his brother was good, but the highlight of the weekend for Mitchell was his experience on gameday. While Mitchell said the weather was cold, he said it wasn't anything he couldn't deal with if he were to commit to CSU. He added it was the first time he had experienced snow in person.

"The weather - I didn't expect it to be that cold and the game atmosphere," Mitchell said when asked the best part of his trip. "I didn't expect it to be that crazy."

While spending time with his brother was a nice pull for the Colorado State football staff, Mitchell, who said he plans on a commitment later in the season, said in talking with the academic counselors and coaching staff, he may have gotten an even better idea of where he wants to attend college

"Talking to the coaches today and meeting the players, that pulled me closer (to CSU)," he said.

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