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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