Wooddale defensive end Carl Mitchell and wide receiver Daniel Hurd are expected to announce their college choices within the next week in a joint press conference at their high school, according to multiple sources.
The Wooddale duo said they plan on playing at the same school. According to a source familiar with the situation, there is a “favorable” chance the two will choose the University of Memphis.
Mitchell, rated a two-star prospect by Scout, holds a bevy of offers from SEC schools and Memphis while Hurd, also a two-star prospect, has offers from Cincinnati, North Carolina, Southern Miss and Memphis.
Two weeks ago, Mitchell told TigerAuthority.com that he had a top three of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas. Two days ago, however, Mitchell sat down with his family and revised his top three which now includes Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Memphis.
“I like everything (U of M coach Larry) Porter’s doing,” said Mitchell, whose cousin, Al Bonds, is a redshirt sophomore for the Tigers. “I understand what he’s doing for a change, dealing with football. I feel like I could stay home, along with other talent around Memphis, and bring something to Memphis.”
Both Hurd and Mitchell acknowledged the new buzz surrounding the program after recent commitments from Melrose quarterback Will Gross and Ridgeway running back Sheldon Dawson.
“Everybody’s been talking about Memphis and stuff and wanting to change things around here,” Mitchell said. “They’re talking right now. We’ll see if we make something happen.”
Until recently, the fraternity of Memphis City Schools’ football players had essentially no incentive to stay home. With the momentum of the Gross and Dawson commitments, however, that sentiment is quickly changing.
“Big time Memphis talent is committing to Memphis,” Hurd said. “We’re trying to build a tradition. We want all the local talent.”
Hurd and Mitchell cited a strong relationship with Porter that doesn’t just revolve around football.
“We’ll talk for an hour, he’ll talk for ten or 15 minutes about football,” Mitchell said. “He’ll talk about volunteer work, his connects around the city for businesses, and education. That’s what I really like about him.”