In a heady and productive recruiting weekend for the Ohio State Buckeyes, head coach Urban Meyer was not able to close with one big-time out-of-state visitor -- 2013 Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian linebacker Mike Mitchell.
After seemingly coming close to committing to Ohio State during the summer, Mitchell finally made his way to the Midwest for a three-day stay from Friday to Sunday.
And despite the fact that the consensus four-star linebacker with a national offer list didn't end his recruitment over the weekend, his father, Ken Mitchell, did say that his son was impressed with what he saw ($):
His first two words were 'crazy' and 'awesome.' The first thing he did when he got there was spend time with Coach [Urban] Meyer. Then he went to the OSU basketball game. He said it was a great time.
It was the first trip to Ohio for Mitchell, who was born in Florida and grew up a fan of Meyer when he was coaching the Gators to national championships.
In terms of the Buckeyes, there was some consternation among Buckeye fans that Mitchell's parents didn't make the trip. His father shot down that talk ($):
It doesn't make a lick of a difference. Mike is smart and he knows what he wants and he knows that we're good with whatever he chooses. We don't live through our kids or anything so we'll leave it in his hands and whatever he wants, we'll understand and be totally supportive of it. I don't think he can make a bad choice with what he's got on the table.
As for future visits or a current timetable, the elder Mitchell said that the family will sit down in the near future and discuss options. In other words, there are no visits currently set up and no timetable for a decision.
Oklahoma and Texas A&M are generally considered the primary competition for Mitchell, who has already taken visits to Norman and College Station this fall.
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