Elijah Mitchell has declared for the NFL Draft.
The former Erath High star and University of Louisiana all-conference running back announced his official decision on Twitter Sunday.
Mitchell posted the following: “From the small town of Erath, to the bright lights of Cajun Field, the outpouring of love and support from Ragin’ Cajuns fans everywhere has been nothing but elite over the past four years.”
Mitchell overcame early-career injury to earn second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors twice (2018-19) and first-team honors this past season. Mitchell made sure to thank Ragin’ Cajuns coaches Billy Napier, Jabbar Juluke and Michael Desormeaux.
“I would not be where I am today without the support of my coaches,” Mitchell wrote. “I want to sincerely thank Coach Napier, Coach Juluke, Coach Des, and the rest of the coaches and staff for showing me what excellent leadership looks like and always guiding me. They helped me become a better person and a better player. Best of all, they always believed in me.”
Mitchell ended his post stating: “The memories and relationships I have made with my teammates will be something I take forward with me forever. That #cULture is special. Together, we accomplished so much, and I am so proud to have been a part of it. Last, and most importantly, I want to thank my family for always loving and supporting me.
After much thought, prayer and consideration, my journey to fulfill my childhood dreams continues as I am declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.”
In four seasons with the Ragin’ Cajuns, the 5-foot-11, 218-pound running back rushed for 3,267 yards, averaged 6.2 yards per carry and scored 41 rushing touchdowns. Mitchell also had 49 receptions for 597 yards and five touchdowns.
Next up for Mitchell is the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile later this month. The Senior Bowl is considered the premier college football all-star game showcase.