Months after class of 2013 4-star linebacker Mike Mitchell (TX) showed off at Nike's The Opening 2013, Ohio State finally secured a solid commitment from one of the class's most promising stars. The 4-star linebacker became Ohio State's 21st commit in the 2013 recruiting class after announcing during the 2013 US Army All-American Bowl. In Oregon this past summer, Mitchell's 40 time (4.39), coupled with his performances in the vertical jump, the agility shuttle and the kneeling power ball toss, earned him a score of 154.47, which garnered him the 2013 SPARQ rating national championship at the event. It wasn't long after The Opening 2013 that the soft-spoken Mitchell started hearing from just about every school across the country.
It was long rumored following the competition that Ohio State had made a serious impression on Mitchell and was later named his leader. Rated as a top ten linebacker in the country, whispers of Mitchell giving a silent verbal to Ohio State were deafening. Doubts were still had, however, because Coach Meyer had yet to host Mitchell on-campus for a visit. That all changed once Mitchell finally had his official visit the weekend of December 7th. Before choosing Ohio State, Mitchell was still considering Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oregon.
Ken Mitchell, Mike's father, told the media that Mike was planning on announcing at the Army All-American game and was choosing between Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon and would have only those three hats on the table. That proved to be the case Saturday, though it likely legitimately only came down to the Buckeyes and the Aggies.
The 6'4", 222-pounder is a consensus 4-star grading out as a .9699 in the 247Composite rankings. Linebacker has been a concern for Coach Meyer and his staff since his first days as head coach, but with this commitment, along with one from '13 4-star LB Trey Johnson, the Buckeyes can breathe a sigh of relief.
Watch Mitchell commit to the Buckeyes officially here or check out what Mike Mitchell is all about on the football field below: