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Thursday, November 15, 2012
LB Mike Mitchell focused on playoffs

By Brandon P. Oliver

As the Oregon Ducks try to piece together a huge recruiting weekend, one of the rumored visitors was LB Mike Mitchell of Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy. The No. 121 player in the ESPN 150 has the Ducks among his top four schools, along with Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The Ducks currently trail favorite Ohio State, as well as the Sooners and the Aggies, and seem like a long shot. By Mitchell's own admission, the Ducks are running fourth, but mostly due to the fact that he knows less about them than his other finalists.

Mike Mitchell
Contrary to some reports, LB Mike Mitchell won't be visiting Oregon this weekend.
Mitchell was rumored to be heading to Oregon for an official visit this weekend. But like so many other potential visitors, Mitchell is focused on the playoffs and will not make the trip to Eugene according to his father, Ken.

"I'm not sure where that rumor came from really. He is only focused on football right now. During the football season it's really just school work and football for Mike," Ken Mitchell said. "I believe he has been in contact with Oregon but he will not be visiting there this weekend or any other weekend until his season is over."

The nation's No. 10 OLB is leading the state of Texas with more than 20 tackles per game and has become one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation. Oregon's need for linebackers in this class makes the 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete a prime target due to his blazing speed and athleticism.

Unlike Mitchell, No. 4 ATH Max Redfield of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School and No. 4 RB Alvin Kamara of Norcross (Ga.) High School were trying to schedule visits to Eugene this weekend before they fell through. Both players have the Ducks among their top group and will visit later in the recruiting cycle. Due to travel logistics, Kamara will make the trip to Stillwater, Okla., in order to check out Oklahoma State.