Monday, January 28, 2013
Northwest QBs set example for 2014 passer
By Mason Kelley
Nick Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si) has grown up watching good quarterbacks.
While the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior worked to become a more consistent passer, he followed the careers of Northwest standouts such as Jake Heaps, Jeff Lindquist and Max Browne, among others.
“They’ve paved the way for quarterbacks in the Northwest and made a name for us,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell wants to make sure he is the next quarterback to continue his home state’s recent run of success.
“It motivates me to push myself to try to be like them, be one of those elite quarterbacks,” he said.
But after helping Mount Si get to the Class 3A state semifinals as a junior -- the best finish in school history -- Mitchell spends as much time tutoring teammates as he does working on improving as a prospect.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get our team up to speed,” he said. “We’re out there Saturday mornings throwing, getting our guys back. We’re losing a lot of starters, so we have some big shoes to fill. We had the best year in school history, so we’ve got to get our guys going and sort of be a leader, motivate these guys.”
While he spends his Saturdays with his teammates, he travels to Bothell, Wash. on Sundays to train with some of the state’s top talent at the Barton Football Academy. He is working toward both a successful senior season and the chance to continue his football career at a Division I university.
“I’m talking to schools right now,” he said. “I’m talking to a few Pac-12 schools. I’m talking to coaches every day, getting letters, emailing and messaging coaches on Facebook. I think things will start to heat up more this spring when I get to go to these elite camps and showcase myself for these coaches.”
He has drawn interest from Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona State, Utah and Eastern Washington. Mitchell’s older brother, Josh, just finished his freshman season as an offensive lineman for the Beavers.
Mitchell is interested in following his brother to Corvallis, Ore., but he plans to take his time.
“Right now, that’s the school I’m talking to most,” Mitchell said. “I really like the town of Corvallis. I really like the coaches there. It seems like a good fit, but I’m keeping my options open. I’m only a junior. I want to visit schools and get my own feel for what schools I like.”