Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was deep in Louisiana recruiting defensive back Jerry Mitchell when he stumbled across an LSU basketball recruit who was turning heads on the football field.
Mitchell’s coach at Mandeville High School, Guy Lecompte, wondered aloud if the Razorbacks were looking for a quarterback, because there was this kid from Amite High who was practicing with his team for the Louisiana All-Star Game on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and was worth a look.
“Guy said, ‘You need to go see this guy. He’s come in here for two days with us, and he’s picked up our offense. He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s strong and he can throw the ball,’ ” Robinson said.
Because Brandon Mitchell, a 6-4, 220-pounder, had orally committed as a sophomore to play basketball at LSU under John Brady, he was largely under the radar as a football prospect. The all-star camp changed that. [read more]