COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s recruiting roll continued Friday with the commitment of highly coveted prospect Teradja Mitchell.
Mitchell, a 4-star linebacker from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan, chose Ohio State over Florida State. The Seminoles got the last visit from Mitchell in early May, and they appeared to be a legitimate threat for his commitment. However, the lead that Ohio State built up with a great visit in April helped the Buckeyes hang on.
— Teradja Mitchell ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) June 2, 2017
His commitment was the 12th for Ohio State in the Class of 2018, and he’s just as good as the rest of the wildly talented group. According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Mitchell is the No. 2 middle linebacker and No. 38 overall prospect in the Class of 2018. He is the second linebacker commit in the class, joining Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star linebacker Dallas Gant.
The pledge moved Ohio State closer to overtaking Miami (Fla.) for the No. 1 recruiting class in the Class of 2018, according to the 247 Sports composite team rankings. The Hurricanes have six more commits than the Buckeyes but are only marginally ahead in the rankings. Ohio State has by far the highest average player rating of any school in the 2018 cycle.
Given how talented and highly ranked he is — and how hard Ohio State had to fight off Florida State to get him — his commitment was big news within the Ohio State football program. Here’s how coaches and recruits reacted on Twitter to the news that he committed to the Buckeyes.
4-star RB Jaelen Gill, Ohio State commit
Man today is a great day ⭕️🙌🏽
— Raaaaaad Chaaaaad (@jaelengill21) June 2, 2017
4-star OT Max Wray, Ohio State commit
Yessir!! 🅾️ https://t.co/16i2FdYNxW
— Max Wray (@maxwray10) June 2, 2017
5-star DT Taron Vincent, Ohio State commit
Another one🤷🏾♂️ welcome to the family bro💯 https://t.co/mpLZz72hRK
— Taron Vincent (@t_lova23) June 2, 2017
4-star OLB Dallas Gant, Ohio State commit
— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) June 2, 2017
Mark Pantoni, director of player personnel
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) June 2, 2017
Zach Smith, wide receivers coach
Uh ohhhhh… #BOOM
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 2, 2017
Randall Joyner, graduate assistant
— Randall Joyner (@LetsGo_Bo5) June 2, 2017
Bill Davis, linebackers coach
— Bill Davis (@CoachBillDavis) June 2, 2017
5-star OT Jackson Carman, Ohio State target
— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) June 2, 2017
5-star DE Micah Parsons, Ohio State target
Ohio state class is crazy ⭕️🙇🏽
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) June 2, 2017