Earlier this year Ohio State middle linebacker Mike Mitchell received news that his father in Texas was ill. After visiting, the redshirt freshman chose to transfer from the northern school in order to be closer to home and family in Plano, TX.
Months later, Mike is still in the process of choosing which school in Texas he would like to attend. According to 247 sports, he has narrowed his choice down to Texas Tech, Baylor, and A&M. Mitchell has already visited for Texas Tech’s Spring Game. According to 247, he will make his way down to Texas A&M sometime next week.
Mike Mitchell graduated highschool in 2013, redshirted at Ohio State, and still has 4 years of eligibility ahead of him. Recruiting services listed him as a 5-star recruit and a top 3 middle linebacker in the nation. Furthermore, Mitchell impressed at the Nike camp and won MVP honors. Coming out of highschool, he was 6’4” 225 lbs. and ran a 4.39 second 40 yard dash. He has undoubtedly added weight and strength during his redshirt year at Ohio State.
Given his hard work ethic, size, and speed, Mitchell will most likely earn a starting spot at whichever program he chooses. Right now, A&M has given all the starting reps at middle linebacker to Jordan Mastrogiovanni. According to Maroon Report’s initial projections, Mastrogiovanni is expected to start during the 2014 season. However, a player as talented as Mike cannot be overlooked and the coaches would push to get him on the field early and often. Should Texas A&M win the lottery for this transfer’s services, look for him to make an immediate impact.