Any successful football team with an aerial attack needs a blazing-fast deep threat, and Plano, Texas’ Bruce “Batman” Mitchell fits the bill. The Freshman450 pick was a part of the Parish Episcopal (High School) Panthers winning the 2019 state championship.
“It’s the best feeling in the world when you have a great season after all the hard work and dedication you put in in the offseason,” the 2023 speedster said, then added with a laugh, “I also love getting in the end zone.”
Mitchell stands at 6-foot 182 lbs., and in his film it shows that he has a wide variety of dangerous attributes: speed, size, quickness, route running, field vision and finding ways to get open. He can sprint downfield past his defensive back, pull in a pass and gain huge chunks of yardage or blaze into the end zone while evading would-be tacklers. He also catches short passes, then head quickly downfield. Mitchell is also a threat on special teams as a punt returner, using his speed to put the Panthers in good field position.
In addition to the Panthers, Mitchell also played in the Adidas Freshman All-American Game and for the U.S. National 16-U Select Team.
“I'm only 14, so it's pretty cool being able to participate in those all-star games,” he said.
Even after the past season’s success, Mitchell is dead-set on making an even bigger contribution to the Panthers.
“I definitely want to have more big plays,” Mitchell said. “I also want to play both sides of the ball this coming year. I feel like playing wide receiver will make me a better defensive back. I’m looking forward to my sophomore season. I’ve set some goals that I can’t wait to accomplish.”
Mitchell is honored to be selected for the Freshman450, but that accolade makes him want to work even harder.
“These types of accomplishments make me keep my head down and keep working,” he declared. “I’m definitely working on getting bigger, stronger and faster.”
An NFL player who has those same attributes is one he models himself after—the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones. “He’s so precise, big, fast, strong and [with] incredible route running,” he said. Mitchell is a fan of Jones not only for his on-field achievements, but his off-field attitude. “He does all this with his mouth closed; you never hear of Julio doing something wrong,” Mitchell noted.
Mitchell is doing right himself with his schoolwork at Parish Episcopal—he currently has a solid 3.6 GPA.
With his talent, Mitchell knows it is a matter of time before he starts gaining notice from scouts.
“It will come when it’s supposed to,” he said. “I’m just focusing on getting better. My favorite part of playing football is the grind.”
With his steadfast focus on getting better, it’s bad news for his future opponents, but very good news for the Panthers. Look for Batman to strike again in 2020.
Mitchell was recently spotlighted in a recent episode of Youth1's The Spotlight Podcast by Youth1 Football Director, Ryan Oliver. Check out that episode -> here.
To view the entire Freshman450, please click -> here.
View Mitchell's highlights below.
Article written by Tom Warnick.
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