OSU-bound Mitchell ready for Big Ten

SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) will be the first to admit there’s prestige for being a Big Ten Conference linebacker. It was one of several reasons why he chose Ohio State during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Mitchell, No. 121 in the ESPN, chose the Buckeyes over Texas A&M and Oregon. Along with building a great relationship with his recruiting contact, offensive coordinator Tom Herman, Mitchell said he did his homework on the resume of the prototype Big Ten linebackers.

“All three schools I looked at had great programs and great facilities,” Mitchell said. “I pretty much asked myself, ‘Where do I fit best? Where do I feel I can live the next four years? I really felt that with Ohio State.

“Ohio State and the Big Ten always has had great linebackers. I want to be the next one.”