Overview: Highly regarded Mike Mitchell was one of only two middle linebackers nationally in his recruiting class to receive a five-star rating by Scout ... also a five-star prospect by Rivals ... Scout's No. 2 middle linebacker, Mitchell announced Jan. 5 on national TV, and while playing in the U.S. Army All-American game, that he would be attending Ohio State ... the No. 10 overall player in the state of Texas, Mitchell is rated as high as the No. 26 overall prospect (Rivals) and No. 28 by Scout ... also a member of the ESPN 150 (No. 128) ... grew up in Winter Park, Fla., but spent final three years of high school in Texas ... played for Prestonwood Christian as a sophomore (and school was state champion) and senior, and for Plano West as a junior ... he recorded 151 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior and then totaled 186 tackles, 32 tackles-for-loss (11 of them sacks), seven forced fumbles and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a senior playing for coach Chris Cunningham ... Mike is the son of Ken and Candy Mitchell ... father played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, this after a stint in the minor leagues in the California Angles organization and then walking on at UNLV to play football ... Mitchell has eight brothers and sisters (two older brothers, three older sisters and three younger brothers): Mandi, Missi, Monty, Mathew, Michelle, Mickey, McKinley and Morgan.
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