Auburn football recruiting: Opelika TE Jakell Mitchell commits to Tigers

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Big Cat Weekend has paid off with a commit from an in-state tight end.

On the second day of Big Cat Weekend, Auburn picked up a commitment from Opelika High tight end Jakell Mitchell. He is the Tigers' eighth commit for the Class of 2014.

The news was first reported by Justin Hokanson of auburnsports.com.

Mitchell, a consensus three-star prospect, checks in with nice size. Rivals lists hims at 6'4, 210 pounds, while 247Sports says he's 6'3, 214. Rivals calls Mitchell the 19th-best tight end in this cycle, and 247 ranks him as the No. 14 tight end and No. 17 payer from the state of Alabama.

He chose Auburn over 11 other offers, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Mitchell was primarily recruited by Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Based on his highlight video, Mitchell looks like he may be better used as a slot receiver, as opposed to the tight end role in Gus Malzahn's offense. He has good speed and agility -- the video claims he runs a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and has a 31-inch vertical -- and he's good in space. Mitchell appears to have pretty good blocking skills, too, but his size and moves, which have allowed him to play fullback and wildcat QB, in addition to lining up at tight end and in the slot, should have him running routes more often than not.

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