This past week the news was announced that linebacker Mike Mitchell had opted to leave Columbus and the Ohio State football team after just one season on campus in favor of a move closer to home, transferring to the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
For the first time since the move, Mitchell sat down and discussed with Fox Sports why exactly he made the decision to transfer.
Why he left:
Honestly, a lot of it had to do with my family. My dad’s health isn’t great. It wasn’t as bad when I left (for Ohio State), and for a while it seemed to be getting better. But now, it’s kind of not as good. Plus, I had an injury that really limited me on the field last year as well.
But really, it was mostly about my family, about being back in Texas and being closer to them, being around them as much as I can.
What he’ll remember most about being in Columbus:
It’s really a great school academically. Athletically it was everything I could’ve ever asked for. And getting to play under Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Luke) Fickell was great, too. They have great football knowledge and taught me a ton about the game. I’m grateful for them, and grateful for the time I spent at the school.
At the same time, everything happens for a reason. And I’m excited now to be moving on with the next chapter of my life.
And finally, what he learned most from one of the best coaches in the game, Urban Meyer:
Really, playing there was just next-level football. You get used to playing in high school, being the biggest, fastest guy, but playing on the college level, you realize everyone is just as skilled. I was able to improve as a football player a lot at Ohio State, learn from Coach Meyer and his coaching staff.
It’s also other stuff, too. It’s time management, it’s being mature. I really did enjoy my time at the school. It taught me a lot about being an adult.
It was rumored that Mitchell’s transfer was due to the fact that he had an ailing family member back at home, and he confirmed that part of it.
There’s not doubt that Texas Tech could be getting a hell of a linebacker in Mitchell, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.