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Carlos Mitchell, 3-star rated athlete, transfers from Lake Wales to Lakeland

Mitchell helped lead the Highlanders to Class 3S state championship in 2022

LAKELAND, FLORIDA- It was the dream season for two Polk County high school football programs last season: Lakeland and Lake Wales. 

Both programs finished their respective 2022 seasons undefeated and coming away with state championships. Heading into 2023, both the Dreadnaughts and Highlanders come in with the same high expectations as before. 

What was unforeseen is a major transfer between the two Polk County schools during the offseason, but Monday afternoon changed all of that. According to PolkWay’s Landlin May and Dylan Oliver, 3-star rated athlete Carlos Mitchell has transferred from Lake Wales to Lakeland. 

Mitchell, who can play wide receiver and defensive back, just recently decommitted from North Carolina over the past weekend and re-opened his recruitment back up. The 2-way star has offers on the table from schools like Kentucky, Nebraska, Penn State, USF and West Virginia. 

Last season, Mitchell was a major contributor to the Highlanders reaching and winning the Class 3S state championship against Mainland. In 2022, Mitchell hauled in 28 passes for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, he made 81 tackles and picked off eight passes, half of which were returned to pay dirt for touchdowns. 

Mitchell joins a Lakeland team that’s looking to repeat as Class 4S state champions. The Dreadnaughts head into 2023 with Marvin Frazier at helm in his first season, taking over for the legendary Bill Castle. Lakeland has had transfers roll in during the offseason, including quarterback Zander Smith (formerly Palmetto) and offensive tackle Ben Beymer (formerly Auburndale). 

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