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Weekly Notebook: Mickey Mitchell suffers season-ending injury, Georgia woos Foster


10:47 AM, Nov. 13, 2012 EST

Top football recruit Reuben Foster has an Auburn tattoo on his forearm, but other schools continue to pursue him. / Twitter

Prestonwood Christian’s (Plano, Texas) basketball team will be without star swingman Mickey Mitchell this season after he tore his ACL during a football game on Nov. 2.

Mitchell had been awaiting the results of an MRI and found out the news late last week. Mitchell, a sophomore, was a standout quarterback. He’d thrown for 1,855 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

But, as productive as he was on the gridiron, Mitchell, a consensus top five player in the 2015 class, was better known for his hoops skills.

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“Mickey came into basketball practice last week and said ‘it doesn’t look good,'” said Mitchell’s teammate Julius Randle. “I hate that for him, and our team will definitely miss him this season. He’ll be back though. Just gotta give it time.”

Mitchell averaged 10 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists to help Prestonwood Christian win the TAPPS 5A state title last season.

Prestonwood Christian coach Chris Mayberry said that Mitchell will undergo surgery on his knee “very soon.”

Foster considering tattoo removal?

Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster has told USA TODAY High School Sports countless times that he’s “firmly” committed to Auburn, and often reiterates the fact that he got the Auburn logo tattooed on his forearm to “back schools off.”

That’s not working out so well.

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Georgia is one of a handful of schools that continue to pursue Foster, the country’s top senior linebacker, and even gave him some advice on how to get past his famous ink if he were to switch commitments.

“I told Georgia in my head I am unsure, because I have an Auburn tattoo, but Georgia told me not to worry about it, because they will take me with open arms,” Foster told ESPN. “They said I like to wear sleeves anyway, so it would only be showing when I am in the game. I do like wearing sleeves.”

Earlier this season when we asked Foster if he’d ever consider laser removal for the tattoo, he said, “What for? This is here to stay.”

Huntington Prep excited for Super 25 release

Huntington (W.Va.) Prep’s boys’ basketball team readily admits that it feels like it’s the No. 1 basketball team in the country. So much so that Express shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a senior who is committed to Florida State, said he and his teammates are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 because they’re “ready to see it for themselves.”

“We’re excited because we feel like we’re No. 1,” he said. “We know it comes with a lot, but we’re determined to win a national title. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re definitely going to be No. 1.”

Hoops Commits

Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone, N.J.) forward Austin Colbert to Illinois… Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio) forward Nigel Hayes to Wisconsin… New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, N.H.) forward Noah Vonleh to Indiana… Boone (Orlando) center Schuyler Rimmer to Stanford.

Football Commits

Thomasville (Thomasville, Ga.) linebacker Mario Mathis to Central Florida… Crespi Carmelite (Encino, Calif.) safety Brandon Arnold to Oregon State… Crespi Carmelite (Encino, Calif.) linebacker Ray Davison to Northwestern… Paul Laurence Dunbar (Baltimore) defensive end Marvin Gross to West Virginia.

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