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 247Sports.com indicates that Mike Mitchell has committed to continuing his playing career with the Red Raiders. That report was subsequently confirmed by Rivals.com.
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.