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Florida football recruiting: 2016 DE Eric Mitchell commits to the Gators

Florida continues to make waves in South Florida.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Less than three hours after his teammate, Vosean Joseph, committed to Florida, his former teammate, 2016 defensive end Eric Mitchell, has followed suit.


Mitchell, unlike Joseph, is currently at Miami Central, the high school that produced 2015 Florida signee Keivonnis Davis — but he previously attended Norland, Randy Shannon's alma mater and the school that both Joseph and 2015 signee Rayshad Jackson attended.

Like Joseph, though, Mitchell is currently unrated by industry rankings, so we're relying on Florida coaches' recruiting acumen (and Shannon's South Florida ken) and highlights to judge whether this is a worthwhile commitment.

Good thing Mitchell's highlights are excellent.

He's consistently coming off the edge and producing pressure, often blowing up plays in the backfield and bringing down offensive players with sure tackles. Yes, they're highlights — but they're good ones.

There's also a significant possibility that Mitchell could play linebacker at the collegiate level, looking at his current frame — 6'2" and about 230 pounds — and the relative difficulty of building that into the sort of body that allows a player to make a difference as a defensive lineman in the SEC.

If that is the plan for Mitchell, I have to say I like it a lot.