Ohio State’s -- pardon the pun -- blitz for outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) hits overdrive this weekend, as the 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior finally makes his way to Columbus.
The team has been trying to get Mitchell on campus for months, but his team’s success in the regular season and part of the postseason prevented the ESPN 150 prospect from coming to Columbus. Finally, Ohio State will have Mitchell all to its own on an official visit, as he'll be in town Friday through Sunday.
The Buckeyes have been no stranger to Mitchell, as assistants Tom Herman and Luke Fickell were in Plano last week to check in on the No. 121-ranked player in the country.
Tuesday, Fickell brought Mike Vrabel with him to Mitchell’s house, and the coaches no doubt talked shop and discussed where the standout linebacker would fit in.
With Mitchell in Columbus this weekend, any lingering questions should be answered as the Buckeyes continue to court the SPARQ national champion.
Columbus visitors: Along with Mitchell this weekend, Gareon Conley, Donovan Munger, Tommy Sanders, Ezekiel Elliott, Tracy Sprinkle, Tim Gardner, Cam Burrows, Billy Price, Darron Lee, Jayme Thompson and Evan Lisle will take their official visits.
Eric Glover-Williams will be in town as well on an unofficial visit after putting together a solid sophomore season at quarterback. He’s being recruited as an athlete.
Fickell friends: Fickell reached out to ESPN 150 linebacker and former Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) with an in-home visit last week, and the visit went great according to his coach Todd Wofford. Fickell is expected to be back in Lawrenceville today to see the 6-1, 215-pound Johnson.
Johnson recorded 139 tackles this season with three sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. He also forced four fumbles and had an interception.
As a junior, he made 164 tackles -- 24½ for loss -- and pocketed six sacks.
Genius: Many recruits come on official visits with questions. One of them always seems to be what the fan base is like and how they support the team. It’s no coincidence that Ohio State will hold a pep rally on Friday at St. John Arena to celebrate the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season.
You guessed it. All 13 recruits are expected to take in the festivities.
Linebacker please: The Buckeyes hit up another linebacker with Auburn ties when they stopped in to see Jarrad Davis (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) on Tuesday to find out where the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior stood.
If they were an ESPN Insider, they got their answer in a story by Kipp Adams later that night.
“Right now I am committed, but I am waiting to see what happens, too,” said Davis after the Tigers hired Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn. “If he keeps the coaching staff intact, that would make my decision much more difficult because of the relationship I already have with them.
“I have not considered him doing that, but if he does I would definitely take an official there and meet with him. If he does not, then I will continue to look around and if I find a place that feels better, I would probably decommit and open things up more.”
Davis had 110 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery return for a touchdown this season.
Where we’re at: Ohio high school football might be over, but it isn’t in New Jersey, so Midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker is headed to the East Coast to see Ohio State targets, cornerback Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus Catholic) and defensive end Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, NJ/Bergen Catholic), square off in the state finals.