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Mike Mitchell

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Five-star middle linebacker Mike Mitchell put on the Buckeyes cap during the broadcast of the Army All-American Bowl...

Mike Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound middle linebacker from Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy slipped on an Ohio State cap leaving lids from Oregon and Texas A&M laying on the announcement table during the broadcast of the Army Bowl.

Mitchell, who had offers from a who's who of top college powers, felt like the Urban Meyer led squad in Columbus fit him best.

"They have a great coaching staff," Mitchell explained. "They went 12-0 this season. They have the team on the right track."

"I just felt really good about my official visit there and how good I felt about it. They were one of the first schools on me and they were with me from the beginning."

Mitchell sees an opportunity to make an early impact once he gets to Columbus, but knows that he will have to work extremely hard to make in impact as a freshman.

"Expectations wise I just want to have a chance to compete for a starting job," Mitchell informed. "So that is definitely the biggest thing."

This year Mike Mitchell had the unique opportunity to play high school ball with his younger brother, Mickey Mitchell, who is one of the top basketball recruits in the country in the Class of 2015. Mike is now going to turn up the heat in his recruitment and try to make sure that he joins him on campus in Columbus.

"Oh definitely," Mitchell said with a smile when asked if he was trying to talk Mickey in to being a Buckeye. "It would mean a lot to me if he did come, because I got to play with him this year in high school and that was really big for me. I enjoyed the whole experience of it, because I love my brother and I am going to go and try and recruit him."

Mickey is not the only Mitchell left in the family tree. Mike has some younger brothers coming up as well: McKinley "Kiwi" Mitchell and Morgan Mitchell.

"Mickey is a little bigger so I have to try and recruit him, but the little ones I can push around and tell them to come to Ohio State."

As a senior, Mitchell racked up 186 tackles, 11 sacks, 32 tackles for a loss, forced seven fumbles, blocked three punts and even returned a kick-off 99 yards for a touchdown.

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