December was a great month for Mandarin wide receiver Kris Mitchell. Back on the 8th, Mitchell helped the Mustangs win their first state football title. On the 19th, Mitchell signed his letter of intent to attend and play college football at Florida International.
1010XL caught up with Mitchell to talk about his terrific December.
“It was unbelievable and I’ve never been in a situation like that before,” Mitchell said regarding the Mustangs state title run. “A lot of people thought we couldn’t do it coming off a 2-8 season, but we made it happen. We believed in ourselves and came out with the win.
“It says a lot because when people think of Florida, they think of Miami teams, but Jacksonville has talent and Duval County can represent as well and we showed that.”
Mitchell was asked to look back on his days at Mandarin High school and what he will remember the most.
“I’ll remember the football team,” Mitchell said. “I could have gone to any other school when I came from Bolles my freshman year, but I knew Mandarin had a good program. I’m just going to miss Mandarin so much and I’m going to remember nothing, but good stuff about it.”
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Mitchell committed to Florida International on July 29 over offers from Colorado State, Southern Miss, USF and others.
What was it about Florida international that sold Mitchell?
“The first time I went down there it felt like home,” Mitchell said. “They told me to go home and take some time and think about committing, but I decided to commit on the spot because I really liked it.
“The day of the signing, I was really hesitant, but I decided to sign anyway because I knew I wouldn’t have another opportunity like this.”
Mitchell will get a chance to play for Butch Davis during his college career. He was asked about Davis and what he likes about the Florida international head coach.
“He’s funny, he came out to my home and met my parents and he’s warming,” Mitchell said. “He told us that it’s just not about football. It’s about being a man and growing up. He wants me to get my degree, which is a blessing. I’m looking forward to playing for him.
“It’s a blessing and I’m glad that he recognized me. We should have a good run here because he said that this class should be the class that puts us on the map. It’s his third recruiting class, so we will see what we can do.”
Finally, being able to stay in the Sunshine State was not only important to Mitchell, but to his family as well.
“They didn’t want me to go far, so my mom was happy I was staying in Florida,” Mitchell said. “My dad just wanted me to have the best opportunity and it turned out to be in Florida. So, my friends and family are happy and so am I.”
Mitchell will be enrolling at Florida International University in June.
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