Mitchum Down to Eight

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McDowell (Erie, PA) star Kyle Mitchum , one of the top offensive/defensive line prospects in the country, has narrowed his list to eight schools.

He plans on narrowing the list to five very soon.

“My top eight are Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Michigan, and UNC,” said Mitchum, who has been offered by all of his favorites and a whole lot more. “Right now, they are all equal in my mind. I’m trying to narrow my list down to five. I want to do it soon so I can focus more on my season.”

One of the top eight schools, Iowa, will receive an official visit this weekend. Mitchum has not scheduled any other visits.

“I’m going to Iowa for my first official visit this weekend,” said Mitchum. “I’m excited about it. I’m undecided about everything else. I don’t know which other schools I will visit or how many other visits I will take.”

During the summer, Mitchum and his head coach, Jon Cacchione, visited over 20 schools unofficially. Coach Cacchione has assisted his star throughout the recruiting process, helping screen calls, set up interviews, and visit schools.

One of the schools Mitchum visited was Virginia, who remains heavily in the running.

“I definitely like Virginia,” said Mitchum. “I liked everything about it on my unofficial visit, and I am deciding whether or not they will be one of the teams I take an official visit to.”

Mitchum’s decision will come down to comfort level with the program and the coaching staff. He will also watch how each program fares throughout the season

“I want to see how each school does for the entire season,” said Mitchum. “Week-to-week won’t affect me much, because every team has their good and bad weeks. Mostly, I’m making my decision on my gut feeling. I’m not really going to make a bad decision among these schools.”

The 6-4, 260 pound Mitchum has led his team to a 2-1 record. At defensive tackle, he is seeing constant double and triple teams from the opposition. He feels, however, that this experience will only help his development for the next level.

“Teams come after me now because I’m a highly rated prospect,” said Mitchum, who does not care which position he plays in college. “That’s all right by me though, because it opens things up for my teammates. It will also help me prepare for the next level, because I will know

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