Iowa State is still rebuilding under Matt Campbell, that’s where recruiting comes in. Recruiting is the heart of college football, and coach Campbell obviously understands that. He knows that to win in Ames, he needs more playmakers, and in landing a commitment from California QB Re-al Mitchell, he’s bringing in a big time playmaker.
— Re-al Mitchell (@realmitchell11) May 1, 2017
THE MITCHELL FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Re-al Mitchell||Bellflower, CA||Dual-Threat QB||24||⭐⭐⭐|
Mitchell was thought to be an Iowa State lean for a while now, but that doesn’t make this any less important of a commitment for Iowa State. Mitchell is the 5th commitment in Iowa State’s 59th ranked recruiting class, and the only quarterback, though the Cyclones do have a commitment from 2019 signal caller Dwan Mathis. Mitchell picked Iowa State over 17 other offers, most notably from Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers, South Carolina, and Utah.
One interesting thing to note about Re-al is the high school he’s coming from: St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco is one of the best high school football programs in the country, and houses quite a few top-level recruits that we could see give Iowa State a look now that their quarterback is headed to Ames. Also, he’s used to playing against top talent in big games, so the jump to college football won’t be as abrupt.
On the field, Mitchell is a very interesting player. He’s short for a quarterback, 5-foot-11, but there aren’t many quarterbacks that can make plays like he can. He’s an electrifying runner, who can make plays with his feet all day. He has a strong arm, and if it wasn’t for his height, he’d be a top ten quarterback. His ceiling comparison is a fun one: Johnny Manziel.