Tight end-H Jakell Mitchell (Opelika, Ala./Opelika) committed Saturday to play for the Tigers, multiple sources report. He joins TE-Y Chris Laye (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert), who announced for Auburn last month. Mitchell is AU's first verbal from this year's Big Cat Weekend.
"He had a plan going into this weekend that he was going to commit," Opelika coach Brian Blackmon told AL.com. "He felt strongly that Auburn was the right place for him. He had done a lot of research with his dad and visited a lot of universities this spring. At the end of the day, he just felt the most comfortable at Auburn."
Alabama, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Rice, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 213-pound prospect, who will be part of RecruitingNation's next rankings update.
ESPN's Scouts consider Mitchell to be "versatile and tough. A true TE-H who needs to add size but is a bit underrated in this TE class."
Mitchell registered a 4.43 20-yard shuttle, 27.6-inch vertical and 31-foot power throw last month at a Nike event.
He is Auburn's eighth pledge for 2014. The Tigers currently are ranked 20th in RecruitingNation's Class Rankings.