Cody also more closely resembles Darrell with regard to speed. Cody and Darrell were timed in the 4.8 second range in the 40-yard run, while Derek has been timed a shade over 4.4 seconds.
"Oh, he's much faster than me or my father," said Cody Mitchell of his older brother. "Dad and I are more straight ahead runners that rely on our power, and Derek is quicker and more mobile."
Cody does have some speed to go along with his football instincts.
"We play him at safety, which shows what kind of athlete he is," Darst said. "I think Cody is underestimating himself a little bit. When he hits you, you know it. As a freshman last year he bench-pressed over 300 pounds and he has a really strong upper body. He also ran a few relays for us in track last season and earned All-State honors in the discus."
Like his father and brother, Cody has also earned the attention of college recruiters.
Marshall has had some contact, along with a handful of other college programs.
"Cody is still young in his career, so we don't want a lot of hype around his career at this point," Darst said. "We've sent out some information to colleges and they know him because of his dad and his brother. There's been some interest in him, but officially they're not allowed to start recruiting him until next fall."
When the official recruiting does begin, Darst has no doubts that Cody will impress.
"He's a really nice kid and he's a good student in school," Darst said. "He's just a good kid to be around. He comes to practice ready to go.
"One of the best things about him is how coachable he is. If you need to make corrections with him, he takes it the right way because he's been raised up that way. He knows he's going to be coached and receive criticism sometimes. He also knows he'll get smacked on the back and told he's doing a great job. He takes all that coaching with a grain of salt and does a good job for us.
"We're blessed to have him and it's really worked out well for us."
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