One of the nation’s most talented tight ends will miss his senior season.
Mitchell will miss his senior season.
Jakell Mitchell, an Auburn commitment from Opelika (Ala.) High, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a 7-on-7 game Friday. The non-contact injury occurred when Mitchell was trying to make a cut.
“He’s disappointed. It’s really a tough thing,” Opelika coach Brian Blackmon said. “I shared with him that God always uses things like this to make us stronger if we allow it. A good thing for him is he’s got football left in his future. There’s so many kids out there this year that are going to have something like this happen and don’t have an opportunity to continue playing.”
Mitchell will meet with Dr. James Andrews at the end of the week and then be scheduled for surgery.
Blackmon and Mitchell have already been in touch with Auburn’s coaching staff including offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
“I’m certainly thankful to Auburn to honor that commitment they made to him,” Blackmon said. “I think that says a lot about Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff being willing to stick with him. I think they’re getting a great player and he’s going to be able to come back from this even stronger.”
Blackmon said that Mitchell will still be an important part of his team this fall at the Bulldogs try to return to the Class 6A state championship game.
“The challenge right now for him is to try and find out how to make a difference on our team without being on the field. We need his emotion and his confidence and his attitude and his energy. We need those things as much as we need his play,” he said.
Mitchell committed to Auburn May 25 during Big Cat Weekend. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 13 tight end by 247Sports.