Sunday, October 21, 2012
LB Mike Mitchell takes in Aggies game
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M's clash with LSU brought with it a host of high-profile visitors on the recruiting front, including some of the Aggies' top remaining targets in the 2013 class.
Among those that fit in that category that were in attendance on Saturday was Plano (Texas) Prestonwood outside linebacker and ESPN 150 member Mike Mitchell.
ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell likely won't commit to a school until after his senior season.
According to his father, Ken, Mike enjoyed the trip.
"He said that's the wildest, craziest thing he has ever seen," Ken Mitchell said. "Then he said he got to talk to (Texas A&M quarterback Johnny) Manziel and said he was really nice and that was cool. He said he got to spend some time with (coach Kevin) Sumlin and that was nice.
"He said he had a great time, it was a fun game to watch, they fought hard, so that was about our only conversation that we've had. He said he had a great time."
Mike Mitchell has a final four that includes the Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M. The Aggies have been heavily recruiting the four-star prospect, who is ranked 10th nationally at his position.
"They're very diligent which would probably be the operative word," Ken Mitchell said. "They like Mike, of course, and of course he likes them. I think it's one of his favorite coaching staffs."
Part of what makes the decision difficult on Mike, according to Ken, is that he likes the staff at all the schools in his final four.
"The coaching staff is so important, then your position coach," Ken said. "I told him, 'Good luck, because between the teams you're interested in, you could flip a coin and you're not going to go wrong.' I'd hate to have to pick that because he likes the staffs of all those schools. Specifically, A&M has been very good about recruiting him and staying in touch with Mike."
Mike wants to visit each of the schools in his top four (he already visited Oklahoma unofficially this season) and it probably won't be until after he makes those trips that he begins closing in on a decision.
"I think he'll wait until after the season," Ken Mitchell said. "He honestly doesn't know where he wants to go. Every one of those schools he likes the program, the staff, so he's got that narrowed down. It's just a matter of visits."