A safety out of Clarksdale, Miss., Charles Mitchell led the secondary in tackles this past season with 95 tackles (50 solo). The recently graduated player was credited with 3.0 tackles for loss, including a sack for a loss of eight yards. Mitchell also totaled three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Started all 13 games ... finished third on the team with 93 stops, three of which went for losses ... broke up one pass on the year.
Started all 12 games at safety during his sophomore year ... Posted 65 tackles with one and a half tackles for loss ... Tied for second on the team with four interceptions ... Also credited with a pair of pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Posted a career-high nine tackles against Georgia Tech ... Intercepted a Case Keenum pass and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown against Houston ... Picked off two passes in the season ending victory over Ole Miss.
Played in all 12 games during his true freshman season for the Bulldogs . . . Recorded 31 tackles and a pass deflection as a top reserve and special teams player . . . Made at least one tackle in 10 of the 12 games, and nine straight to finish the season . . . Tied for the team lead with five tackles in Mississippi State's home-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana . . . Returned to the stats column with one hit at Georgia Tech in Week 4 . . . Had three tackles at LSU in Week 5 . . . Matched that total with three tackles in the Bulldogs' mid-season win over Vanderbilt . . . Again made three hits at Tennessee in Week 7 . . . Made two tackles in his team's homecoming victory over Middle Tennessee . . . Added another hit in Week 9 game with Kentucky . . . Matched his season high with five tackles at Alabama one week later . . . Had four tackles and a pass deflection in the Bulldogs' Week 11 win over Arkansas . . . Added four more hits in the season finale at Ole Miss.
Named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi this past season . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game following his senior season . . . Led the Mississippi team to victory by pacing the defense in tackles (nine) and recording an interception in the all-star classic . . . Chosen to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season, symbolic of being one of the top 12 prospects in the state of Mississippi . . . He was rated No. 4 on that newspaper's list of state's top high school recruits . . . Selected first-team, all-state in the defensive backfield by the Clarion-Ledger . . . Named as one of the top 250 players in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com, he is that web site's 10th-ranked safety prospect nationally . . . Rivals rated him the fifth-best prospect in Mississippi, the top-rated defensive back . . . That site timed him a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and with a 245-pound bench press max . . . Ranked as the No. 22 safety in the nation by recruiting web site Scout.com, he is that site's No. 8 prospect overall in the state of Mississippi, the top-rated defensive back . . . Credited with running a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump by Scout at its New Orleans camp prior to his senior season . . . SuperPrep rated him the No. 25 defensive backfield prospect in the country in its season-ending All-America issue . . . That publication ranked him the No. 6 prospect in the state of Mississippi, the second-rated defensive back . . . Two-way standout performer for head coach Jim Hughes at Clarksdale (Miss.) High School . . . Starred as both a running back and defensive back for the Wildcats . . . Made 78 tackles, four of which were quarterback sacks, and two pass interceptions in leading Clarksdale to the second round of the state playoffs as a senior . . . Offensively, he rushed 80 times for 520 yards and nine touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 200 yards and another score . . . Named second-team, all-state in the secondary by the Clarion-Ledger as a junior when he led Clarksdale to the state semifinals . . . Made 108 tackles and had three interceptions that season, while rushing for 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense . . . Three-year starter on the prep level . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 2.80 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Nebraska, Michigan, Alabama, and Ole Miss.
Born Charles D. Mitchell, 9-13-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Mitchell.