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Reports: former five-star Buckeye LB commits to Texas Tech

Mike Mitchell

When it comes to Kliff Kingsbury, most observers focus on his high-powered offense — and his Hollywood persona.

The Texas Tech head coach, though, may have just landed a very talented player on the defensive side of the ball.

While the school has yet to confirm it, a tweet from Landon Wright of indicates that Mike Mitchell has committed to continuing his playing career with the Red Raiders.  That report was subsequently confirmed by

The commitment came in the midst of a visit by Mitchell to Lubbock.

It was reported back in February that the linebacker was considering a transfer from Ohio State to be closer to his ailing father in Texas.  Because of that family situation, Mitchell will pursue — and likely win — an appeal for a hardship waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility in 2014.

In addition to Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor have reportedly been in pursuit of the talented player during this latest recruitment.

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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9 Responses to “Reports: former five-star Buckeye LB commits to Texas Tech”
  1. coachbeck says: May 31, 2014 9:35 AM

    Everyone who can’t fit in or play soon enough seems to always have a sick relative lol

  2. dg0122 says: May 31, 2014 1:02 PM

    Seems like a great kid but why tech? They have never played defense

  3. jrs45 says: May 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    If a young man wants to transfer because he has a family member that is not doing good he has every right to do so. Seems like the young man wants to be around the two things he loves Family and Football.

    Take care,

    Proud OSU Alum

  4. monsterright says: May 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    Why wouldn’t he pick aTm here? It’s closer to Dallas (his father) and it’s the top program in the state by a lot.

  5. thekingdave says: May 31, 2014 3:55 PM


    Yeah, that 5th place finish in the almighty SEC and squeaker over ACC powerhouse Duke has firmly established them light years ahead of Baylor.

  6. thraiderskin says: May 31, 2014 5:53 PM

    Glad he can play ball closer to where his father is… Sucks for my guys, but I don’t blame the kid.

  7. 9timd9 says: May 31, 2014 7:52 PM

    Kliff is slowly improving that D & when he does, LOOK OUT!!! GUNS UP!!

  8. motherscratcher23 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    Good luck to Mitchell. I’ll be following him and hope he does well. Except if he should ever face the Buckeyes in a bowl game, of course.

  9. mudhead123 says: Jun 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    He chose to play for a bad team???

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