Jackson Mitchell verbally commits to UConn (updated)

Jackson Mitchell says he is staying in-state.

Mitchell, an All-State wide receiver/strong safety for the Ridgefield High football team as a junior last fall, has given a verbal commitment to play for the University of Connecticut. Mitchell announced the news via his Twitter account last Thursday night.

"I will officially be committing to the University of Connecticut," wrote Mitchell at the end of a post in which he also thanked his family, teammates, coaches, and the staff at UConn. "I'm truly blessed to have had all the opportunities I was given."

Mitchell made the decision less than a week after visiting UConn.

"I really liked the coaches and looked forward to being able to stay close to home and play in front of my family," Mitchell told The Ridgefield Press.. "I love the facilities and the mentality of the coaches. I can tell Coach (Randy) Edsall is on his way to doing something special at UConn."

Mitchell caught 80 passes for 1,124 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games for Ridgefield last fall. On defense, he had 38 tackles (19 solo), three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two sacks.

Mitchell set school records for receptions and receiving yardage with 16 catches for 254 yards against St. Joseph. He also had 13 catches for 210 yards in a game against Fairfield Warde. Mitchell caught six or more passes in eight of Ridgefield's 10 games last season.

At the end of last season, Mitchell was one of 25 players named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association overall first team. He also was chosen to the All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference first team.

The 6'2", 210-pound Mitchell is a two-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He is the third member of UConn's 2019 recruiting class.

Mitchell is unsure of what position he will play in college.

"It will depend on the recruiting class and how the team shakes out," he said, "but I have no preference and I am very capable of playing either [offense or defense] at that level."

With one more season left at Ridgefield High, Mitchell knows what he has to focus on before arriving at UConn.

"I just need to keep getting stronger, faster and working to perfect my technique," he said. "No matter what there’s always something to work on, so I’m just working to improve everything. After my senior season ends I believe UConn will send me the offseason training workout program."

In addition to UConn, Mitchell also had offers from several other NCAA programs, including Central Connecticut State University, the University of New Hampshire, Fordham University, Sacred Heart University, Towson University, Colgate University, Villanova University, Monmouth University, and Dartmouth College.