Going into this recruiting season, Ohio State had definite needs at the linebacker position, and Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian five-star Mike Mitchell was the one they targeted.
Combined with Trey Johnson, Mitchell gives Ohio State two of the best linebacker prospects in America, and both could see playing time as true freshmen.
BREAKDOWN: No player supplanted himself on the national radar like the 6'3.5, 216-pound middle linebacker. At his size he set a national record in the Sparq testing, putting up an eye popping 4.39 40-yard dash to go along with 47-inch power ball toss, a 40-inch vertical and a 4.25 pro-shuttle. He has the size, speed, power and athleticism of an NFL type of prospect. In 7v7 competition he showed an ability to run and cover and played for one of the top two teams. – Greg Powers
One of the most physically gifted players in the nation in terms of size/speed combination, Mitchell consistently clocks sub 4.5 and plays with that type of speed on the field. Dominates a lower level of competition with his aggressiveness, and his tools translate well against tougher competition as seen in the week of Army Bowl. Has the size to play inside and the speed to play outside. A 3-Down backer who runs sideline to sideline. - Scott Kennedy
Mitchell On Choosing Ohio State: “They have a great coaching staff,” Mitchell explained. “They went 12-0 this season. They have the team on the right track.”
“I just felt really good about my official visit there and how good I felt about it. They were one of the first schools on me and they were with me from the beginning.”
Mitchell sees an opportunity to make an early impact once he gets to Columbus, but knows that he will have to work extremely hard to make in impact as a freshman.
“Expectations wise I just want to have a chance to compete for a starting job,” Mitchell informed. “So that is definitely the biggest thing.”