Jerry Mitchell

Arkansas picks up commitment from Mandeville cornerback Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell Mandeville Arkansas
Mitchell, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with 4.5 speed in the 40, became the 14th commitment for the Razorbacks of Coach Bobby Petrino for 2009, doing so with a simple voice mail message left for Arkansas assistant Willy Robinson on Monday night. Mitchell received a congratulatory response from Robinson on Tuesday.

Mitchell could not be reached for comment Wednesday night as he and the Skippers were playing West Jefferson at Mandeville in the season opener for both teams. The game was moved up from Friday to avoid any potential conflict with Hurricane Ike.

Mitchell informed Arkansas’ coaches of his commitment following an unofficial visit to the Razorbacks’ campus last week while Metro area schools were closed due to the strike of Hurricane Gustav. He is considering making an official visit to Fayetteville on the weekend of Sept. 20 when the Razorbacks play host to Alabama.

“I was very comfortable with the coaching staff,’’ Mitchell told “I was also very comfortable with the players. I have been looking online at the players they’re getting and they are getting some great players. I talked to my parents. My mom was comfortable with the facilities, the school and the whole program. She told me I should just go ahead and commit.’’

Arkansas was the lone school known to have made an official offer to Mitchell, who was overlooked by most major recruiting lists. Florida State, North Carolina State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and ArkansasState also showed interest, according to

Mitchell recorded 38 tackles and intercepted four passes as a junior while helping Mandeville advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Mitchell is the second Louisiana player to commit to Arkansas for 2009 and the 17th overall to choose an out-of-state college. Carencro quarterback Ricky Johnson, who projects as a wide receiver in college, committed to the Hogs on Sept. 2. Destrehan safety Jerico Nelson and Abbeville linebacker Jelani Smith were members of Petrino’s first signing class in February.

Mike Strom, The Times Picayune, September 10, 2008