Teradja Mitchell, a 4-star inside linebacker from Virginia Beach, Va., made an announcement Monday night … he’s making an announcement in a couple of weeks.
Mitchell tweeted Monday that he’ll decide between his top two colleges, Ohio State and Florida State, in a ceremony at his high school June 2.
T O P T W O ✌🏿 ‼️
— Teradja Mitchell ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) May 23, 2017
Mitchell is the No. 37 overall recruit and No. 2 inside linebacker in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The second-ranked player in Virginia has offers from more than 30 schools — including powerhouses such as Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and LSU — but has narrowed his focus to the Buckeyes and Seminoles.
Seventy-nine percent of predictions in 247’s Crystal Ball (15 out of 19) predict Mitchell going to Florida State, but Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham wrote last week that the Buckeyes are still firmly in the running.
It’s natural to feel uneasy in that situation, and despite some respected national recruiting analysts changing their picks back to Florida State (the school Mitchell long had been associated with), it’s premature to say Ohio State is out of this race.
Mitchell, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, could make his decision at any time, and though there’s an overt confidence from the Seminoles’ side of things (there usually is), a handful of those connected to the Buckeyes’ efforts remain optimistic, similar to the vibe that was floating around the choice Brenton Cox had to make in April. After a pair of visits to Columbus, there was a ton of confidence from the Ohio State side that he’d wind up committing to Urban Meyer’s program, but a final visit to Georgia had some folks sweating it out.
Is it possible that Mitchell’s situation will end up the same way? All I’m saying is that it’s too early to say it’s over.
We’ll find out for sure what Mitchell’s future holds on June 2. Meantime, here are some highlights from the linebacker’s junior season at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, courtesy of Hudl.