When 54,000 people show up to a high school football game, one can imagine the level of competition that must be taking place between the two teams. Upon considering such a fact, it shows just how difficult it would be to go 16-0 and a championship in such a state.
Aledo accomplished such a feat this season at the 4A level, and linebacker Jordan Mittie, the son of TCU women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie, was an integral part of Aledo’s defense as he amassed 151 tackles.
“16-0--it doesn’t happen very often,” the younger Mittie said. “I think after losing last year pretty early, in the offseason we were motivated to get back to the state championship and win one and be the first one without Jonathan Gray.”
While grading his individual performance, Mittie said he felt like his leadership and ability to diagnose plays improved the most from his junior to senior season.
“I would say I worked on my leadership because being a senior captain this year, it was important because we had some players on defense who hadn’t played a whole lot,” Mittie explained. “For me personally, I was able to read where the play was probably going to go and then just read and react.”
At 6’3, 225 pounds, Jordan Mittie could project to a defensive end at the college level when he adds more weight to his frame. However, he said both Air Force and Navy, the two schools from which he currently holds offers, like him as a linebacker.
“Navy and Air Force have both said they see me playing linebacker, but most bigger D1 schools like TCU and some other schools have seen me projecting as a defensive end,” said Mittie.
Because his dad works at the university, Mittie would not necessarily require a scholarship offer from TCU in order to attend school there. However, at this point, he said he would lean toward taking one of his scholarship offers over accepting a preferred walk-on slot at TCU.
“I’ve got a lot of schools calling me right now, but for now, my only visits scheduled are Navy and Air Force,” he explained. “I have heard a little bit over the summer and during the season from TCU, but I think it would be awesome to play at TCU. I have a lot of respect for Coach Patterson and the program. Right now, I would say I’m open to anything, but I’d say I am leaning to Air Force or Navy right now. But we’ll see.”
Mittie said a lot can change in the weeks until signing day, and he remains open to any opportunities that come forth.