One of the most exciting prospects in the class of 2015 is back on the market, as Plano,TX forward and Rivals’ #67 overall recruit Mickey Mitchell decommitted from Ohio State.
Buckeye fans had worried the move was coming since his brother, former Ohio State LB Mike Mitchell, transferred to Texas Tech to be closer to home.
Mitchell is a very intriguing prospect. He was climbing up the recruiting rankings looking like a potential McDonald’s All-American before tearing his ACL playing quarterback (which he plays pretty well also, having garnered an offer from Kansas), and his highlight reels are pretty insane.
They are just highlight reels, but Mitchell is clearly a preternaturally gifted passer who knows how to make plays that balance flashy and effective. His entire offensive game is strong, and as his knee gets healthy his extreme athleticism will continue to show.
This feels like a huge opportunity for Tubby Smith to get the piece that really gets his rebuilding effort at Texas Tech started. Mitchell certainly seemed eager to attend school with his brother, though Ohio State obviously boasts a much better program than Texas Tech.
If Tubby Smith can use his championship pedigree to sell Mitchell on taking a chance and going to Lubbock, it could be the catalyst for big-time improvement for the Red Raiders. The team hasn’t had a .500 or better record in the Big 12 since 2006-07 and could really use some talent since Pat Knight laid waste to the program.
Mitchell is the kind of player who could also provide some excitement beyond just his abilities on a campus collectively transfixed by Kliff Kingsbury’s jawline. It is not yet known who Mitchell will be considering in his newly re-opened recruitment, and it’s possible he has no interest in joining his brother in Lubbock, but Tubby should at least have his foot in the door with the kind of prospect who normally wouldn’t consider Texas Tech at all.