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Virginia 4-star experiences 'electrifying' Death Valley

One intriguing prospect who visited Clemson for the game against Louisville on Saturday is Big Stone Gap (Va.) Union 2018 four-star tight end James Mitchell.

Mitchell, who holds offers from Duke, James Madison, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech, was back on Clemson’s campus for the first time since Dabo Swinney’s football camp over the summer.

It was his second time seeing a game in Death Valley as he also witnessed Clemson’s win over Florida State last season.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Mitchell said of his most recent visit during an interview with The Clemson Insider. “Great experience.”

“It was probably one of the most exciting games I’ve seen,” he added.

What was the highlight of the experience for Mitchell?

“Probably just being around that atmosphere again,” Mitchell said. “(The crowd) was electrifying honestly. They stayed behind their team even when things weren’t going Clemson’s way.”

Mitchell also enjoyed talking to Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman.

“(He said) he was glad to have me back on campus to see what they’re all about,” Mitchell said, “and to make sure I watched how they used Jordan Leggett.”

Leggett played a big role in the game, scoring the game-winning touchdown with a little more than three minutes remaining.

“He can do multiple things in their offense, and a reliable target,” Mitchell said. “As far as similarities, I’d say would be our versatility.”

Right now, Mitchell said Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia are the schools recruiting him the hardest.

If Clemson pulls the trigger on an offer down the road, it would mean a lot to Mitchell.

“That’d be huge for me,” Mitchell said. “The program coach Swinney’s created, the tradition and the atmosphere is something not everybody gets a chance to experience.”

Mitchell has visited Virginia Tech this season, as well. Next up are trips to Duke, Virginia and Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 8 prospect in Virginia and the nation’s No. 244 prospect overall in the class of 2018.

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