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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Mike Mitchell's OSU visit was 'awesome'

By Brad Bournival

Ken Mitchell didn’t hear anything about a commitment to Ohio State from his son, ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian), following an official visit to Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.

What he did hear was how much fun the 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior had this weekend.

“His first two words were 'crazy' and 'awesome,' ” Ken Mitchell said. “The first thing he did when he got there was spend time with Coach [Urban] Meyer. Then he went to the OSU basketball game. He said it was a great time.”

According to his father, Ohio State is still very much in the mix and Mitchell has yet to schedule any more official visits after seeing Texas A&M on Oct. 19 and Ohio State from Friday through Sunday.

He started the weekend at the pep rally celebrating Ohio State’s 12-0 football season before heading over to Value City Arena for the men’s basketball game against Long Beach State on Saturday. He also had a chance to tour the campus and check in on the academic side of things.

Mitchell’s experience has to be good news to Ohio State after linebackers Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) and Lewis Neal (Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt) committed, then decommitted to the Buckeyes earlier this year.

Those spots at linebacker still haven't been filled.

Mitchell’s 4.39-second 40-yard dash makes the SPARQ national champion attractive, as do his 174 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and two pass break-ups this season.

He has Oklahoma and Oregon in the mix along with the Buckeyes and Aggies.

As far as when a decision might be made, Ken Mitchell said that obviously will come when his son feels comfortable.