Mike Mitchell to Ohio State: Buckeyes Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

Via Matt Strasen of the Dallas Morning News
Via Matt Strasen of the Dallas Morning News

After contemplating his decision, star outside linebacker prospect and top-ranked football recruit Mike Mitchell has decided to attend Ohio State, according to the Twitter feed of the All-American Bowl:

Congrats West LB Mike Mitchell on his commitment to THE Ohio State University! #Buckeyes #OSU

— All-American Bowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) January 5, 2013


The 4-star recruit is ranked as the third-best outside linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals, and he was one of the biggest stars whose commitment college football fans were waiting on.

At 6’4” and 216 pounds already, with a 4.39 40-yard dash, the upside for this young man is through the roof. With the right dedication to the sport and training, there is little doubt that Mitchell has the size and speed to be a star in college and beyond.


What It Means

Mitchell was reportedly considering Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M (h/t Rivals), but his ultimate decision to attend Ohio State was the best for his future.

The outside linebacker will be a key part of both the pass rush and the run-stopping of his team, but it will be his speed that helps him cover slot receivers and tight ends as well.

With so much raw skill and potential, a few good seasons playing elite college football will have this young star ready for the possible journey to the NFL.


What’s Next?

The hype machine is already at full speed surrounding Mitchell and the potential he has, but the young linebacker must translate that to the next level.

As dominant as Mitchell was at Prestonwood Christian Academy—151 tackles and 11 sacks in 2011—he will be facing off against much stiffer competition each and every week now.

If the young outside linebacker can add weight to his frame while still maintaining his blistering speed, he will be one of the best freshmen in all of college football next season.


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