Erie (Pa.) McDowell offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum made it official today as he verbaled for Ohio State at an afternoon press conference at his school. He picked the Buckeyes over Iowa, West Virginia, Michigan and others.
Mitchum (6-4, 265, 5.4) becomes OSU’s 20th verbal commitment in a class that could number as many as 25 or 26 players. He is expected to sign a letter-of-intent for OSU on national signing day next Wednesday.
"I want to commit to Ohio State," Mitchum said. "I'm a Buckeye now."
Mitchum is the nation’s No. 7 offensive line prospect and is also ranked as the country’s No. 55 player overall by TheInsidersRecruiting.com. He is also rated as the No. 6 prospect in Pennsylvania this year.
He becomes OSU’s third verbal commitment from Pennsylvania this year, joining tight end Rory Nicol and offensive lineman Jon Skinner. They are the first players OSU will sign out of the Keystone state since defensive lineman/linebacker Randy Homa in 1995. Plus, the Buckeyes could still have a shot at linebacker James Bryant, wide receiver/defensive back Devon Lyons and maybe even running back Andrew Johnson in this class.
Mitchum and Skinner join fellow offensive linemen Ben Person and Steve Rehring, each from Ohio, as OL verbals in this class.
Mitchum becomes OSU’s fourth national top-100 prospect in this class, joining defensive back Ted Ginn Jr. (No. 4), Nicol (No. 81) and linebacker Marcus Freeman (No. 100), who has already enrolled.
Mitchum made official visits to OSU, Iowa and West Virginia and canceled a trip to Michigan. He holds a 2.7 and scored an 880 on the SAT.
Mitchum was a fine two-way lineman for McDowell. He had nine sacks on defense this past season.
"He's by far the best lineman we've ever had," McDowell head coach John Cacchione said prior to the announcement. "He's got great explosiveness and he's very strong. He's a 400-pound bencher and a near 500-pound squatter so he's got all the tools."
According to Cacchione, Mitchum played on both sides of the ball equally well in high school.
"He's got such great upper body strength and he's just relentless on offense," Cacchione said. "He just blocks and blocks and blocks, and he just frustrated people quite a bit because he blocks the whole play. And he's very mobile; he's just got the whole package. Without belaboring it, he's got the whole package. And he's a hell of a defensive player, too. We think he's pretty darn good on that side of the ball too.
"He's a great team leader and he's a team captain for us. He's everything we've ever had and more."
We should have comments from Mitchum on his decision later this evening.