Five-star cornerback Mitchell ready to reset leaderboard

Mar 27, 2022 | 0 comments

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In a seven-day span that played out over the last week, Florida hosted the top three ranked cornerbacks in the Class of 2023.

Last weekend it was AJ Harris and Cormani McClain, and then on Saturday, Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson five-star Tony Mitchell‍ made his way to campus.

“It was a great visit,” said Mitchell. “I finally got to see a spring practice. The players were working hard. I talked the most to Coach [Corey] Raymond, Coach [Patrick] Toney, and Coach [Billy] Napier. Their message to me was come lead the '23 class and build something special. Get coached by the best.”

Being deemed the best coach or coaching staff is of course debatable, but Corey Raymond has as strong a case of being the top cornerback coach in the nation as anyone.

“He’s a great coach,” said Mitchell of Raymond. “He has an incredible resume and knows how to develop defensive backs.”

Not only are Harris, McClain and Mitchell considered the top three cornerbacks in the cycle, but the three are also close friends as well.

“That’s my brother,” Mitchell said of Harris. “Yes, we’ve talked about playing with each other.”

As close as Mitchell is with Harris, he has even deeper ties to McClain.

“That’s my brother,” Mitchell said of McClain. “We actually grew up knowing each other with me being born in Lakeland. We are from the same city.”

That however doesn't mean that they aren't competitive – to a degree – on and off the field.

All three garnered widespread praise when they released photos from their Florida visit.

While all three were impressive, Mitchell – playfully – made it clear one set of photos stood above the crowd.

“It’s cool getting love from the photos,” he said. “I think they [his] were the best out of anyone's pictures, hands down.”

Photoshoots aside, when asked what the visit did for the Gators, Mitchell replied, “I'm very high on Florida.”

UF, under the previous staff, was part of Mitchell's top seven last September.

Now, Mitchell said he is ready to update where he stands in the process.

“You'll see tomorrow [Monday],” said Mitchell. “I'll have a new leaderboard. I don’t have a set date for a commitment. It's just whenever the time comes.”

Up next for Mitchell is a trip to Texas A&M for their spring game on April 9.

Mitchell is the No. 19 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.

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