July 13, 2006
Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- He's taken over a month to decide, but LSU football signee and Minnesota Twins draftee Jared Mitchell believes his decision about attending the University could come as early as the end of the week.
On June 6, Mitchell was drafted by Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins in the 10th round as the 306th overall pick. However, the New Iberia, La., native also signed a letter of intent to play football on Feb. 2. At LSU, Mitchell would play both football and baseball.
"Basically the decision is simple because I'm losing a lot if I don't go to college," Mitchell said. "If we don't like what we see then the decision is simple. It's always been a dream to play both college and professional. I'm going to go with my gut feeling."
Mitchell was drafted as an outfielder, but will likely play wide receiver for LSU in the fall. He has been working out with the football team throughout the summer while the Twins continue to stall in contract negotiations.
Mitchell fell to the 10th round after being heralded by many scouts as a first-round draft pick. Because Mitchell was so highly regarded before dropping to the 10th round, money has been an issue between both parties.
"I certainly understand that position," said LSU Football coach Les Miles. "It's a personal decision. One that he will make. I think he has a great support group around his mom and dad. I think he will make a great decision."
As a standout at Westgate High, Mitchell led the team to the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2005, passing for 1,720 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 834 yards on the ground with 12 touchdowns.
He signed with the Tigers as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state and the No.10 overall wide receiver in the country according to Rivals.com. At 6' ft, 185 lbs, Mitchell clocked at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can bench press 335 lbs and squat 450 lbs.
"We have plans to play him," said Wide Receiver Coordinator Todd Monken. "We try to get him over here to get around the guys so he can meet and see things. I think he is being pulled in all directions. I just don't know. Everyone has a price."
With the departure of Xavier Carter to the track and field pro-circuit, Mitchell should have an opportunity to play in 2006. Miles believes Mitchell has a big decision to make. He says Mitchell will have to ask himself how much does he want to go to class, play football and still improve his draft status in baseball and football opposed to money.
"Getting a degree, playing championship football and putting yourself in position to leverage two careers and still play baseball at its highest level while you are playing football. It's a great choice," Miles said.
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