USF junior WR Mitchell entering NFL draft
One more piece of news Friday night, as USF junior receiver Carlton Mitchell, the team's top deep threat for the past three seasons, is skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 and 212-pound receiver from Gaither, led the Bulls with 40 catches for 706 yards, setting the school's single-season and career records for receiving yards. Mitchell told the Times last week that he had no plans of leaving USF for the draft, but changed his mind and became the second USF underclassman to enter the draft, joining junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Mitchell reached his decision before Friday's news that USF had fired coach Jim Leavitt, so the two transactions aren't directly related.
USF likely has at least six draft picks in the 2010 draft, more than the past four years combined, with defensive end George Selvie, linebacker Kion Wilson, cornerback Jerome Murphy and safety Nate Allen all likely draft picks in addition to Pierre-Paul and Mitchell.