Thursday, July 25, 2013
2015 TCU pledge Mitchell values being first
By Damon Sayles
To be the first. It’s an honor that 2015 defensive end Breylin Mitchell (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) wears like a badge.
When Mitchell picked up his first Big 12 offer from TCU on Tuesday, he considered it a pleasant surprise. Late Wednesday evening, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound bookend, verbally committed to the Horned Frogs and became the program’s first commitment of the 2015 class. He originally was unaware of being the first in the class to commit, but it quickly became something in which he took pride.
“They told me [Wednesday] about that,” Mitchell said of being No. 1. “That just puts me on a page where, when I get there, I have to do my part and step up. I know I’ll be held to a higher standard.”
TCU is a special place to Mitchell. His grandfather attended TCU, and he knows parents of friends who were students there. As a member of the Big 12, the Horned Frogs are expected to compete every year, particularly with coach Gary Patterson running the show.
“They have one of the best defenses in the Big 12,” Mitchell said. “Plus, purple is my favorite color.”
Mitchell was one of the highlights of the TCU camp on July 19 in Fort Worth, Texas. He’s a big defensive end who’s still growing and still getting stronger. Mitchell said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds at the camp.
Mitchell added that TCU was ideal for him, because he wanted to be a success story on and off the football field. TCU traditionally has been respected as an institution with an outstanding academic reputation.
“Academically, you can do anything you want with a TCU degree,” Mitchell said. “It’s a $300,000 scholarship. That speaks for itself. I’m interested in some kind of engineering degree.”
Recruited to TCU by safeties coach Chad Glasgow, Mitchell received interest from schools like Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oregon and Arkansas. The Horned Frogs were the first school to pull the trigger and offer, and Mitchell said he’s looking forward to showing the Big 12 competition what he can do on the field.
He’s also ready to be an ambassador for the 2015 class.
“If they tell me that’s what they need from me, I’m willing to do anything,” he said. “I just want TCU to be the best when I get there.”