Fox Chapel transfer Mitchell stands tall
TribLIVE Sports Videos
There's a newcomer playing for the Fox Chapel football team, and he stands out like, well, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound quarterback/wide receiver.
Junior Brandon Mitchell transferred from Penn Hills in January, and Fox Chapel coach Eric Ravotti felt like he received a late Christmas gift.
“Athletically, he's off the charts,” said Ravotti, a former Penn State and Steelers linebacker. “He'll play some sets at quarterback, with a run-pass option, and some sets at wide receiver.”
Mitchell mainly played for Penn Hills' junior-varsity team last year. But during offseason camps and 7-on-7 competitions, he displayed the skills to become a difference-maker, and several Division I colleges have noticed, Ravotti said.
Mitchell's height, speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and success in track (a Class AAA state qualifier in both hurdles events this spring) could translate into good fortune on the football field. Mitchell, who has received letters from Georgia Tech, Pitt and Wisconsin, is eager to shoulder a large offensive role, as well as play free safety.
“It feels good,” he said. “I'd be disappointed if I didn't. It feels like I'm ready.”
Mitchell's potential excites Ravotti, but the coach cautions against expecting too much from the junior in his first games as a varsity starter. Mitchell looked “raw” at quarterback when he arrived at Fox Chapel but has made strides, Ravotti said.
Between his freshman and sophomore years at Penn Hills, Mitchell competed in the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100 East camp, an invitation-only event for rising sophomores in Delaware. He earned the award for best performance at multiple positions (quarterback and receiver).
This summer, Mitchell and some of his Fox Chapel teammates competed in Pitt's 7-on-7 camp, which featured about 40 teams.
Mitchell moved into the Fox Chapel Area School District with his father, Edward. Brandon's older brother, Dorian Beard, starred at Penn Hills as a defensive lineman before graduating in 2001 and accepting a scholarship to Akron. Mitchell hopes to follow in his footsteps and play in Division I.
“He keeps me striving forward and working hard,” Mitchell said.
Ravotti thinks Mitchell's best chance for a Division I future could be at receiver because his combination of height and speed is uncommon at that position. Ravotti plans to split Mitchell's time between quarterback and receiver.
“He's a great deep threat,” Ravotti said. “And at 6-6, his ability to jump is something we want to use in the passing game.”
Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-224-2696.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Cole is simply not good enough for Pirates
- Penguins recall Maatta in time for season opener in Dallas
- New-look Steelers secondary is gaining some cohesion
- Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate sentenced to prison for bogus 911 calls
- Opening season away from home may be a good thing, Penguins say
- State closing Zelienople treatment facility after allegations of child sexual abuse
- Pirates notebook: Tempers boil after Arrieta beaned
- Armstrong County Jail warden resigns
- Pirates no match for Cubs, Arrieta in wild-card loss
- McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker
- FBI, other authorities serve search warrant on methadone clinic near Uniontown