It's an easy trip for Opelika duo to Auburn football

Feb. 5, 2014

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Jakell Mitchell is making the move from Opelika to Auburn (Rivals photo)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn didn't have to go far to find two players the coaches like for the 2014 signing class. 

Opelika High School teammates Jakell Mitchell and Stephen Roberts signed Wednesday. Mitchell is an H-Back and Roberts is a safety. 

Mitchell is a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who didn't play in 2013 because he suffered a preseason knee injury. Auburn honored his commitment, and here's why… 

"He might be the steal of the whole class," said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. "If he hadn’t gotten injured, he probably would have played in all the all-star games and everybody would have been talking more about him. 

"He fits us perfectly. We’ve found very few young men who from the size and the ability to fit that position really well for us. He’ll be able to do everything we do in the run game, everything in the pass game. He will really be a weapon and a matchup nightmare for defenses." 

Mitchell rushed for 17 touchdowns and had 400 receiving yards as a junior. 

His position coach at Auburn, Scott Fountain, likes Mitchell, too. 

"He did everything we do," Fountain said. "My big thing with him is we have to get him in and get some weight on him. He’s about 218 now. He’s a fantastic athlete that is going to be able to do a lot for us." 

Roberts is 6-0, 180, who had 90 tackles, 25 pass break ups and four interceptions in the last two years. 

"He's a guy who has cover skills," said assistant Charlie Harbison. "When a guy blitzes, he's in coverage.
I love his ball skills. He played offense and defense in skills. He has man cover skills in the safety position."

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