Gamecocks Player Spotlight: Quarterback Connor Mitch


Connor Mitch is a sport and entertainment management major at the University of South Carolina. He comes from a very athletic family, his father, Bob Mitch, played quarterback and safety at Syracuse in the early 1970s. His brother, Ryan, played quarterback at Maryland and his sister, Brittany, played basketball at Duke.

Connor Mitch graduated from Wakefield High School in Raleigh, NC in December 2012. Coached by Rod Sink, he was a four year starter and finished his high school career ranked second in four categories in North Carolina high school history, passing for 12,078 yards with 1,384 attempts, 807 completions and 153 touchdowns.

Connor Mitch threw for 3,300 yards and 33 scores as a sophomore, leading Wakefield to a 9-3 mark.

As a junior, threw for 3,832 yards and 48 touchdowns as the team went 9-3 and earned all-state and all-region honors.

During Mitch’s senior year, he threw for 4,661 yards and 63 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes as a senior, leading the Wolverines to an 11-2 record. He also set the state record with nine touchdown passes in a win over Broughton, one shy of the national record.

Connor Mitch was a four-star prospect who was regarded as the seventh-best player in the state, the 13th-best pro-style quarterback in the country and ranked No. 248 on the Rivals250. A three-star prospect and the nation’s 44th-best quarterback by Scout. A four-star prospect, the seventh-best player in the state, the 13th-best pro-style quarterback and ranked No. 243 overall by 247Sports. Was rated a four-star prospect and No. 226 on the ESPN300 and considered the 10th-best pro-style quarterback in the country by MaxPreps. A three-star prospect, the 15th-best pro-style quarterback in the country and the 167th-best player overall by PrepStar, and named honorable mention on PARADE magazine’s All-America team.

Connor Mitch Chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, LSU, Auburn and North Carolina, enrolled at Carolina in January 2013, and ended up taking a redshirt in the fall.

In 2014, Mitch played in two games as a redshirt freshman, where he connected on 2-of-6 passes for 19 yards in limited duty and completed 2-of-4 passes for 19 yards in his first playing time of his career against Furman. He attempted two passes against South Alabama which fell short of completions. He also shared co-Freshman “Most Improved” honors for the offense in the spring with tight end Jacob August.

As of now, Connor Mitch looks to compete for the starting job against Michael Scarnecchia, Perry Orth and incoming freshman Lorenzo Nunez. Connor Mitch has the weapons on offense to get the job done, and has the potential to have a breakout season.

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