Just as the Under Armour All-American Game yesterday, Ohio State recruitniks got the news they were expecting at the linebacker position. Trey Johnson was the good news yesterday. Today, Mike Mitchell, a linebacker from Plano, Texas, committed to Ohio State during the fourth quarter of the Army All-American Game.
In one weekend, Ohio State football compensated for some of the turmoil of last spring. As you may remember, Alex Anzalone and Lewis Neal committed to Ohio State shortly after our spring game. However, both quickly decommitted for various reasons, ultimately landing at Notre Dame and Louisiana State respectively. As the season progressed, we saw just how dire the situation is at linebacker. With only uncertainty at the position, Meyer and company needed some fresh talent to give themselves options. Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell, both top 3 guys nationally at inside and outside linebacker respectively, give Ohio State some wiggle room at linebacker.
Mitchell’s commitment to Ohio State is the culmination of something Ohio State fans had anticipated for some time. For those of you who may recall, Mitchell’s dominating performance at a nationally televised SPARQ combine came with news that Mitchell was strongly considering a commitment to Ohio State. That, however, cooled, as Mitchell wanted to take time to make sure a move that far from home was what he really wanted. He took some unofficial visits to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as an official visit to Ohio State in November, before announcing his decision today.
The 21st commitment in Ohio State’s recruiting class, I have to imagine Ohio State is done recruiting at linebacker. Ohio State will now focus attention on safety, wide receiver, and possibly offensive tackle, before signing day. Worth noting: Mike Mitchell’s brother, Mikey, is a highly regarded basketball player who is being looked at by Thad Matta as a possible addition to his 2015 recruiting class.
Film is below. Also, Mike Mitchell’s nickname is “The Abusement Park”. I hope he thrives at Ohio State, because that nickname would be awesome to go with appearances on the Butkus Award circuit.