Former 5-star recruit, Mike Mitchell from Plano, TX is reportedly transferring from Ohio State. Kyle Rowland of 11 Warriors first reported this story Sunday evening. This is certainly disappointing news for the Ohio State faithful as the line backing corp is certainly in need of shoring up.
Mitchell is an impressive physical specimen. At 6’3″, 215 lbs., he was the Nike SPARQ champion in 2012, and posted the highest ever score for a linebacker. He was red-shirted his freshmen year for two reasons. He suffered a minor injury in fall camp and the coaches determined that despite his impressive athletic abilities, he wasn’t football ready.
It is believed that his father’s poor health is his primary reason for transferring from Ohio State. He had hoped his father would be able to fly from Texas to Ohio to watch Mike play, but due to his failing health, was unable to. It’s tough to blame him for this decision. Family plays a large role in everyone’s lives and it’s perfectly understandable that Mike would want to be closer to home and his father.
It hasn’t been determined where he’ll transfer to, but Texas A&M was rumored to be his second choice after Ohio State, so don’t be surprised to see Kevin Sumlin swoop him right up.
For Ohio State, Urban Meyer has brought in several recruits at the linebacker spot (especially this year) and shouldn’t be hurt too much by this unexpected departure. While, it’s never good to lose a recruit of Mike’s potential, Ohio State still has Mike’s fellow 2013 4-star recruit Trey Johnson, 2014′s 5-star Raekwon McMillan, 4-stars Dante Booker Jr., Kyle Berger, and 3-star Sam Hubbard in the fold. All of the new recruits are expected to battle for playing time with the incumbent starters and will hopefully overcome the loss of a blue chip recruit.