Report: Mike Mitchell Attended Texas Tech's Spring Game

By DJ Byrnes on April 14, 2014 at 11:36a
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Back in February, Eleven Warriors was the first to tell you about Mike Mitchell leaving Ohio State. The talented Texan wanted to be closer to his ailing father, and as they say: Family first.

It was speculated Mitchell could take the next year off from football entirely, but that may not be the case.

According to LubbockOnline.com, Mike Mitchell was in attendance for Texas Tech's spring game on Saturday.

And here, via Doug Lesmeries, is how the San Antonio Express-News sees Mitchell fitting in the the Raiders:

Mitchell is exactly the kind of playmaking linebacker that Matt Wallerstedt’s defense desperately needs. The Red Raiders have developed their national cache with Kingsbury and his offense. But if the Red Raiders are going to make the next step and jump into contention in the Big 12 like Baylor, they’ve got to get better on defense. Mitchell would be the kind of player to enable them to think about making that kind of step.

Best of luck to Mike Mitchell in his search for a program closer to his ailing father. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Dear San Antonio Express,
Mike is the kind of lineback EVERY defense needs!
He could probably start at LB, RB, KR, P, K, TE and water boy for them...
Best of luck to MM and hope his pop's health turns out favorably...I guess our loss is Tejas Techs HUGE gain. He was probably one of the recruits I was most excited for. Same with his "little" bro on the hoops squad.

+10 HS
d5k's picture

Good luck to Mike and hopefully his father wins his battle.  

Is Mickey's recruitment open (i.e. has he visited any other programs?) or is he still possibly going to become a buckeye?

+3 HS
buckeyeEddie27's picture

Still stings a little.   Best of luck to this kid.  Heck of a player and hell of a son.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

+4 HS
allinosu's picture

I think his red shirt had more to do with than you think.

+18 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Wouldn't he still have to sit out a year at TT since he tranferred? If thats the case, lack of playing time wouldn't be the reason since he would again have to sit.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

allinosu's picture

When they are unhappy they are going to leave.

+2 HS
Furious George 27's picture

The point was if he has to sit another year because he transferred, playing time wouldn't be the main reason he left as you suggested. I am sure his father's health had more to do with it than playing time.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

+4 HS
allinosu's picture

Furious, I was extremely disappointed when we lost Mike back in the winter. Like everyone I was looking forward to seeing on the field. Last October Fickell really pissed me off when he reported in the Ozone that Mike was ready to go and despite our poor LB play he didn't want to lose a chance to red shirt him. Doug Lesmerises wrote an article as Northeastern Reporters just after last signing day that was interesting. To sum it up, early playing was a big factor in him going to OSU and that Mitchells don't like to sit and watch. He was willing to talk proudly about any of his children but when asked about  Mike coming home he refused to comment. Now if my child was willing to come home because of my health I'd be glowing. I read a few more article out of that area that felt the same way.Of course they loved reporting that, so grain of salt. The Bleacher has Doug's article and about him being at Tech's game. Yesterday Glenn Mason mentioned talking to our coaches about red shirting last year and he said they admitted to making some mistakes. With Micky still committed I just see more to it than his dad's health. I think everyone is using 19 red shirts against us on the recruiting trail which might be why we aren't raking them in right now. Who knows?

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USMC11917's picture

Accurate or not, that is some good deductive reasoning right there.

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Furious George 27's picture

So if we speculate that he left because of playing time then do you want a player around that is not able to handle adversity? He wasn't playing over RDS so that left him competing for 1 spot and I know he had injury issues in fall camp that held him back. So is it beneficial for the team to burn a year on a player to see limited action, I wouldn't think so. Were a lot of people R/S? Yes, but when you have a 24 game win streak you are hesitant to make major moves to the lineup therefore you might have burned years for mop up duty.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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allinosu's picture

I'm not saying that attitude is right but rather there is more to it. I read an article a while back that suggested the more stars an athlete has the more they resist a red shirt. Some to the point that they think they failed. We all know there are several reasons for it but when they see an opportunity go by it's probably hard for them. Some players don't plan to spent 4 years before going pro so not playing them for a red shirt is a waste. I hope a player has input on his situation.  As bad as our linebacker play was I doubt it would have been mop up duty. Our coaches came out and said freshman would get an opportunity to play if the opportunity arose. Fickell's comment contradicted that.

luckynutz's picture

Its really about the players mindset if you ask me. Look at bri'onte Dunn. He was a 5 star...and he he took a redshirt. Everyone speculated he would transfer as well. But he bought in and used the time to improve himself and his game. And now hes worked his way into the conversation to see meaningful touches. Not all 5 stars are created equally...some believe it entitles them. Some just see it as what it is...window dressing. Not going to criticize Mitchell in the least. If he transferred to be close to his father...which is the prevailing notion among those close to the program, thats admirable. If he transferred because he felt slightest by the redshirt, so be it. Its his decision, and for whatever reason, its done. And wish him the best going forward.

+1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

This is exactly what I am looking at, if it's family reasons I wish him the best for his father. If it's because of playing time then good luck to him. It's a team sport and you win because individuals do what is needed for the benefit of the team.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Furious George 27's picture

I appologize I wasn't trying to argue with you, I was hoping that Mitchell not holding the playing time as the main reason for leaving. As was mentioned not all 5 and even 4* are created equally. I guess its hard to ask an 18 year old to be humble when they have been the BMOC growing up. I looked at the "Mitchell's don't come to sit" as sense of entitlement if that was the case, and every OSU recruit does not come to sit. But some do and grow with it and others dont and leave.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

allinosu's picture

No reason to apologize, I enjoyed the debate and your point of view. I need to move on because he is gone. Thanks

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

He could apply for a hardship from the NCAA because of a sick family member.  

+3 HS
allinosu's picture

Might be a little difficult when Ken Mitchell attends his other kids sporting functions

+1 HS
ab1993's picture

Not necessarily because he could get a waiver from the NCAA for transferring for family health reasons.

Class of '16

+1 HS
whobdis's picture

Not exactly close to his home..Lubbock is a good 5 hours away. Kind of like saying Chicago is close to Cbus. It's closer than he was but there are quite a few programs that are closer then TT. I still think there was more to this..but I wish him well regardless.

 

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Jpfbuck's picture

there are a ton of flights between dallas and Lubbock every day for around $200 that would get him home in an hour, Columbus to dallas often involves a connection is often about $100 more expensive and even direct are close to 3 hours to dallas, so yeah I would say 1/3 the drive and 1/3 the flight time is significantly closer, granted he could have gone to SMU or TCU and been even closer, but Lubbock is much closer than Columbus

 

yes Lubbock is as far away from Dallas as Chicago is to us, but Dallas is as far away from Columbus as Fargo ND is from us. or put another way, to be 15 hours from home in lubbuck, he would have to be live in San Diego

 

buckeyestu's picture

Good luck to Mike and I hope his father gets well.

+1 HS
bignut2017's picture

I really want to see mm's brother in a buckeye uniform, Mickey Mitchell the basketball star I would love to see in a buckeye uniform

November 8

+4 HS
gm3jones's picture

Good luck, Mike!

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

hit_the_couch's picture

I suppose 5 hrs is a bit closer than 15 hrs.

It would be great if he would just sit out a year and come back to Ohio State.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

lolololololol. Your signature...

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

johnjy78's picture

What is that from?

johnjy78

EDUGOON's picture

This whole Mitchell story is just sad. How bad was he to get the redshirt last year? I mean he must have been really bad because our LB's were not playing there best ball. Then to throw his transfer on the shoulders of his sick father while his baby brother then chooses to attend tOSU on hoop scholly!!!? Something smells here folks. What if he shows up at TT and never play's a snap? Maybe dude is a workout warrior and that's it!? IDK this is one strange story that continues to twist.

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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luckynutz's picture

If you watch tape on him, youd see he was raw. Very athletic, but needed to work on the technical side of the position. Even as a highly rated prospect, he was going to be a project as far as technique was concerned.

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EDUGOON's picture

I would have moved the kid to Weak Side Defensive End!!! Cut down his responsibility and allowed him to play loose with his athletic ability, then called it a day. But thats all in hindsight. 

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

luckynutz's picture

Understandable...but think about it. The depth on the d line is insane. And the depth at lb has been paper thin. Why move him from a position with depth issues, to one that has the exact opposite problem? Dudes are crawling over each other on the d line to get snaps.

bethesdabuck's picture

Wasn't his development delayed by an injury? 

tennbuckeye19's picture

He did have a concussion or something like that, but was supposedly back and practicing not too long after. He was considered raw and athletic and all, but the impression I got was that he was ready to go and could've contributed, but once they decided on red-shirting him, which apparently was early on, nothing was going to change that.

Brandon26841's picture

What if he shows up at TT and never play's a snap? Maybe dude is a workout warrior and that's it!?

Wouldn't shock me one bit. The guy was RAW and I was always kind of weary of his game (just from watching his highschool film). His athletic testing numbers were intriguing, but I wouldn't be surprised if he never pans out. This isn't sour grapes either, I could dig up old posts of mine saying the same things right around when he committed. 

hit_the_couch's picture

He got a redshirt due to injury.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

pdan46's picture

I always really liked this young man! Very sorry that he is no longer a Buckeye!  I wish him well and I hope he has tremendous success at TT or where ever he ends-up.  And, I hope that his Dad recovers completely too!

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Statutoryglory's picture

Fickell got the Buckeyes again!

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Art Harrell's picture

Good Luck Mike-Go Bucks

FitzBuck's picture

Good kid, good family.....good luck.  That is all.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Poison nuts's picture

Too bad. I won't speculate at all & will only say that this was the Buckeye I wanted to see most on the field this year...good luck to him & his family.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Toilrt Paper's picture

What if he had not have been red shirted and played on special teams at least? 

The Mitchel's live in Plano Texas a suburb of Dallas. SMU in Dallas would be about 6 hours closer to Dad than Texas Tech In Lubbock. 

Brother Micky who committed to Ohio State's basketball program a year ago is still committed and as far as I can see has not mentioned playing basketball at a school close to his sick father.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Best of luck to the Abusement Park and Ken!

Humbuck's picture

Mitchell played his FR year in Florida ,his SO year at Prestonwood Christian, a year  at Plano West and then back to Prestenwood Christian school.  The move from Florida is one thing, the back and forth between PWC and PW is another.  His brother Mickey started at PWC and transferred to PW last year.  Anytime you get big time athletes with parents who were former athletes and you start to see lots of transferring going on it makes you wonder. 

One story goes he left Plano west because he was being put at DE and he only wanted to play MIKE LB.  He left PWC after his SO year because it would help him get more exposure in the recruiting game.   No "I" in team comes to mind. 

Given that information, I'm not shocked he transferred.  I  think he probably didn't like the red shirt but it almost sounds like he might have a little entitlement issue based on his history.