Taking Stock –
|High School||Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Signed Date||Dec. 18, 2019 (Early Signing Day)|
Watch tape on Keaton Mitchell and one of the first things that jump off the page will be his speed. Timed as running the 40-yard dash in the 4.3s, Mitchell used his sheer athletic ability to post some of the best numbers by a running back in Georgia prep history.
A state that has produced the likes of Herschel Walker, and later, Nick Chubb at the running back position, Mitchell did his best to leave a mark on the Georgia record books while at Eagle’s Landing.
With his 118 career rushing touchdowns, Mitchell finished his prep career second all-time in the state behind Washaun Ealey’s 133 scores from 2006 to 2009. Mitchell’s 49 touchdowns in the 2018 season alone also rank second all-time in Georgia for most in a single season by a running back, again behind Ealey who found the endzone 58 times in 2007.
As a junior, Mitchell posted his best season in terms of counting statistics. On 213 rush attempts, he racked up over 2,500 yards, finding the endzone 49 times, the most ever by an underclassman in the state of Georgia. As one could deduce from his numbers, Mitchell flashed his big play ability time and time again in his final two years at the prep level.
Watch Keaton Mitchell’s highlight tapes here.
In 28 combined games between his junior and senior campaigns, Mitchell posted 100-plus yard contests 23 times, averaging better than 150 yards per outing during that stretch.
With seven touchdowns against Landmark Christian during the 2018 season, Mitchell placed himself on the short list of Georgia running backs to score at least that many times in a single game. Surprisingly enough, Mitchell’s biggest game in terms of yardage did not come in that contest, but rather four games later against Wesleyan when he torched the opposing defense for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries.
To complement his speed, and perhaps because of it, Mitchell has a knack for making linebackers and defensive backs miss in space. Quick cuts, juke and spin moves are all in Mitchell’s back pocket for him to break out whenever he deems necessary.
Ranked as the 17th-best running back in the state of Georgia by Max Preps and 225th nationally, Mitchell could be a freshman that makes an immediate impact for the Pirates in 2020.