- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
After going more than seven months without a linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class, Ohio State now has two ESPN 150 prospects at the position.
On Saturday, Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) committed to the Buckeyes at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, following in the footsteps of Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), who picked the Buckeyes at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.
What Mitchell brings to the Buckeyes is an attitude they’ve been looking for to fill the position and one that fits the mold of some of the biggest names in Ohio State history.
Mitchell wowed contestants at The Opening over the summer when the SPARQ national champion ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. The fact it came from a 6-foot-4, 216-pound frame shows just how much Mitchell could mean to Ohio State.
He plays the game fast and is already a natural for the outside linebacker position. That showed up this season with aplomb as his 186 tackles -- 32 for loss -- 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three blocked punts showed he has a knack for the ball.
It also indicates Mitchell could be a force for the Buckeyes sooner rather than later.
Andy Katzenmoyer remains the only true freshman to start the opener at linebacker for Ohio State.
We’re not saying Mitchell will be the second, but don’t be surprised to see the No. 121 player in the ESPN 150 sooner rather than later for the Buckeyes.