Kubasaki's Mitchell won't slow down at Christmas

In case folks on Okinawa were wondering why Jarrett Mitchell isn't on the basketball court this season, well, trust me, he's not slowed down an instant. And won't slow down even through the Christmas holiday.

The Kubasaki Dragons' junior running back and Pacific rushing leader with 1,392 yards on 139 carries is preparing for a couple of national football showcases in the States over the Christmas break.

It all begins Dec. 17 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Mitchell will participate in the National Underclassmen football camp and senior All-American Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 22.

A brief break to celebrate the holiest of holy days on the Christian calendar and Mitchell heads to the west coast, or rather Carson, Calif., and the Home Depot Center where he takes part in the Junior Rank Proving Ground National Combine on Jan. 3.

Such lofty camps are open by invitation only, a cachet Mitchell managed to obtain by proving his abilities in camps last summer in locales like Florida and elsewhere.

Does he have what it takes to play at a higher level? Most certainly at Division I-AA and below, but Mitchell, I'm sure, will not settle for that. We'll see just how far his talent can take him, and the Dragons next fall and beyond.

And yes, Mitchell is expected to suit up for Dragons track and field this spring as well as football for his senior and final season in the fall.

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Ornauer on AFN


Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)


April 17: Dave Ornauer highlights the return of a couple cancelled baseball and softball tournaments, while mentioning the weekend's soccer and track happennings.

April 3: There's still action on the diamonds and tracks before DODDS schools take spring breaks.

March 20: Several DODDS athletes have track records in their sites as season starts off at a sprint.