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Reports: Buckeyes may lose former five-star LB to transfer

Mike Mitchell

Just a few days after pulling in a top-five recruiting class, a touted member of Ohio State’s previous class could be on his way out.

Both ElevenWarriors.com and Bucknuts.com reported late Sunday night that Mike Mitchell is planning to transfer out of the football program.  The linebacker is reportedly looking transfer closer to his hometown of Plano, Tex., to be near his dad, who has been battling what the 247Sports website calls a serious illness.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, neither the university nor Mitchell has confirmed the impending departure.  The Dispatch did write that Mitchell “has not been taking part in the offseason conditioning program since it began a few weeks ago” and the freshman “has rarely been seen around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center since the team returned from the Orange Bowl the first week of January.”

If the separation comes to fruition as expected, Mitchell expected to leave following the end of the spring semester.

A five-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class, Mitchell was the No. 1 player in the talent-rich state of Texas and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Along with Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon were Mitchell’s finalists before he verbally committed to OSU in early January of last year.

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7 Responses to “Reports: Buckeyes may lose former five-star LB to transfer”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Feb 10, 2014 8:24 AM

    The move of a mature young man who realizes there is more to life than football. I wish him and his family all the best….

  2. dkhhuey says: Feb 10, 2014 9:05 AM

    It hurts to lose such a great kid but this is so much bigger than football! Best wishes and positive thoughts flowing your way Mike from the Buckeye Nation!!!

  3. v2the4 says: Feb 10, 2014 11:53 AM

    I agree with the young mans decision making in waiting to be closer to his father and home in the DFW(Plano is a suburb of Dallas) than in the confines of Columbus.

    If he is sincere in his thought process, then we should see him either transfer to North Texas, SMU or TCU, the three D-1 football schools located in DFW.

  4. stoicpaisano says: Feb 10, 2014 12:58 PM

    Though a hardship waiver would be a formality here, I’d be surprised if MM appears on any 2014 roster…he seems committed to dedicating himself to family for the time being. Hopefully he’ll play in 2015 with his dad cheering him on in-person.

  5. beavertonsteve says: Feb 10, 2014 1:23 PM

    There are a dozen big football programs within a four hour drive of Plano. Even Stillwater and Norman, OK are within that distance.

  6. thraiderskin says: Feb 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    That sucks for my Buckeyes, but a mans got to do what he has to do. I’d make the same choice he is.

  7. scbaby2013 says: Feb 10, 2014 4:52 PM

    Very hard when a parent is ill. I Wish the young man and his family all the best

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