2023 Top DB Tony Mitchell Talks FSU and Recruiting

Tony Mitchell is one of the truly elite players in the 2023 recruiting class. Despite having two years left in his high school career, the Alabaster, AL star is already one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation regardless of class. We caught up with Tony to talk about his recruitment, and to see how his recruitment with the Seminoles is evolving.

Tony Mitchell currently sits as the number one cornerback in the nation on several recruiting sites. At 6’2” and 183 pounds, Mitchell has the size and athleticism that college coaches are looking for. With 33 offers in hand, Mitchell says that once visits are open he feels he will begin to get a true feel of his recruitment.

“I’d say my recruitment is going alright, but it would be better if we had the ability to take visits,” Mitchell said. “That’s the way to build relationships and to see how the coaches really run things. I’ve done a lot of FaceTime and virtual visits with schools like Oregon, Clemson and Michigan, and Texas is in the process of setting up one with me. I’ve never had a chance to take visits so I’m looking forward to it.”

Mitchell’s sophomore season was super productive as he had 82 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 8 pass break-ups, 4 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. The biggest factor that has caught the eye of college coaches is that Tony is very versatile and can play any position in the secondary.

“The coaches have been telling me that I already have the size and that they like how aggressive I am on film,” Mitchell said. “They like my technique and how I can come up and hit. I can cover really well, too. I think I am a natural football player but I also study a lot of film to pick up tendencies. With that most of the colleges are recruiting me as a defensive back because I can play anywhere in the secondary.”

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Florida State has been in constant contact with Tony. Growing up in Lakeland, Mitchell is familiar with FSU’s history, and he says he’s building a strong relationship with Coach Mike Norvell and Coach Marcus Woodson.

“I’m originally from Lakeland so I’ve always known about FSU,” Mitchell said. “They’re the original “DBU”. All of the guys they’ve had there, I could go there and keep the tradition. I talk to FSU every day, primarily with Coach Norvell and Coach Woodson. I am also supposed to be playing in a 7-on-7 with Travis Hunter here soon. The way they’re recruiting me, and with Travis going there, has caught my attention. Coach Woodson says they see me as a guy they can move around at both corner and safety. Beyond that, I like how they treat me as a person. They spend time talking to my family – it is more than just football. I look at their recent struggles and think that I can go there and be apart of that legacy that turns things back around like the Jameis (Winston) team in 2013.”

Mitchell plans on attending FSU’s spring game on April 10th. He says he wants to spend time with Travis Hunter while also checking out the town and college life they have to offer. 

“I’ll be attending the spring game in April,” Mitchell said. “I want to see the campus, the city life and just see if I can picture myself there. I am also going to link up with Travis and spend some time with him.”

Tony says that he doesn’t have any kind of time frame on when he would like to make his decision. He did say that once visits open up and he gets a chance to see the colleges he wants to see, he may go ahead and announce his commitment if he feels ready.

“My recruitment is going to come down to the best fit and my relationship with the coaches,” Mitchell said. “I want to go to a school where I can play all over the secondary, and I want to go to a school that I am going to enjoy outside of football. I want the chance to play right away and I want to be close to family so they can see me play. After I take visits, I may go ahead and commit, but I am not going to just commit without taking them.”

Stay tuned to NoleGameday as we will catch up with Tony after his spring game visit to FSU.

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