Former Ohio State linebacker Mike Mitchell has found a new home as the former top recruit has committed to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, according to Taylor Hamm or 247Sports.
Mitchell was one of the top linebacker recruits in the nation when he was a four-star recruit out of Prestonwood Christian high school in Plano, Texas. The 6-4, 225-pound linebacker was the No. 58 player overall, No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 8 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Mitchell announced in February that he was seeking to transfer to a program closer to his home in Plano to be near his father who is dealing with some health concerns and was considering the Texas A&M Aggies and Baylor Bears before committing to Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders.
He redshirted last season after suffering a back injury late in fall camp and will seek a hardship waiver to allow him to play in 2014. If he is granted immediate eligibility, Mitchell will have four years left to play. However, if he isn’t granted his hardship waiver from the NCAA he will be forced to sit out this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The addition of Mitchell, whether he plays this season or next, is a significant addition for a program who should have no real issue recruiting and developing offensive players under the guidance of Kingsbury and his staff, so adding a defensive playmaker in Mitchell who had 186 tackles, 32 TFL, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and a kickoff return for a touchdown his senior year in high school should be a major force for a defense in need of more players like him.