With schools playing quicker and quicker and emphasizing volume in terms of plays in a game, the short pass has never been more prevalent than it is today. That means that players who can make plays after the catch are also more valuable than ever.
That’s why Ahmir Mitchell is such a highly recruited player and considered one of the top receivers in the nation. He can do a lot of damage whenever he touches the football and schools like Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame all hope he is doing that damage for their program in the next few years.
He’s physically ready to play college football right now. He’s already got an impressive build with some room to add more. He would fit in tomorrow in a college wide receiver group. He has decent change of direction skills, but his straight line speed is the differentiator for him. His ability to accelerate and hit another gear is outstanding.
Mitchell is dynamic after the catch. He has the speed to run away from defenders, but it’s his strength to run through tackles that really makes him great. He has a good stiff arm that compliments and his size and power. He looks very much like a running back after the catch.
I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising because he also lines up in the backfield and flashes as a one-cut runner. His experience there also makes him a threat on jet sweeps and reverses.
He adjusts well to poorly thrown footballs and shows good hands catching the football away from his body. He can still maintain balance when he adjusts as well and so it doesn’t stall him from making plays after he catches the football. He shows good concentration and strong hands to catch the football in traffic, but did not showcase his skills to go up and get the football from what I saw.
He’s not a sharp route runner at this time, mostly because he can simply outrun a lot of the people who try to cover him. It’s something he will need to work on at the next level.
He lined up all over the field for Cedar Creek High. I think he can play outside the numbers, but may actually be best suited to play as a big slot receiver.
I think Mitchell is going to be physically ready to compete right away although it may take him some time to develop as a route runner. He has the tools to become a big play threat as a receiver and/or a returner at the next level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).