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Ohio State visit is ‘home’ for Teradja Mitchell
The Buckeyes welcomed in commit Teradja Mitchell, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, over the weekend. Mitchell, who committed to the Buckeyes in June, says his first visit to Columbus as a commitment had an entirely different feel than any trips he’d taken to the school previously.
“It was great,” Mitchell told Land of 10. “I loved everything. This visit was different from any one I’ve taken before.”
“Well, I didn’t come into this trip expecting to be recruited or taken on a campus tour and getting the usual red-carpet treatment recruits get. [It was] just taking a brief visit, looking at the new house I’m about to move in to.”
So what stood out the most for Mitchell?
“Just enjoying the coaches, the players and the fans,” he said. “Everything that I’ll be around for the next 4 years.”
Riley Keller talks recent Ohio State trip
Ohio State is watching a couple of national quarterbacks in 2020 closely (Jack Miller, Harrison Bailey as the top two) but there’s a pretty darn good one close to home. Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer sophomore Riley Keller is having a good start to his second season with the Panthers, and he’s already been to Ohio State for a game-day visit this September.
“All around,” Keller told Land of 10 about the visit he made during the Buckeyes home game against Oklahoma, “it was a great experience. The whole atmosphere of the ‘Shoe. All of the hype going into a big game like that, seeing one of, probably, one of the best fan bases in college football, makes it for a great experience.”
Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com was in Toledo last Friday night and watched Keller and Whitmer beat Toledo St. John’s, where Ohio State commit Dallas Gant plays, and put together some video of the 31-0 Panthers victory.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Keller currently has two scholarship offers, from Ole Miss and Toledo, but is a name worth paying close attention to over the next two years. His cousin is NFL great Ben Roethlisberger.
Grant Tisdale taking big strides in Texas
While we’re talking about young quarterbacks to watch, let’s move 1,000 miles or so southwest and check in on Grant Tisdale, the soon-to-be-star for the Allen (Texas) Eagles.
Though he already had an offer from Ohio State before ever starting a varsity game, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Tisdale has impressed in his first full-time role.
“He continues to be coachable,” Allen coach Terry Gambill told The Dallas Morning News after Allen’s 35-23 win over Coppell (Texas) this past Friday. “He continues to make plays. Outstanding.”
Tisdale was outstanding against Coppell, completing 10 of 14 passes for 206 yards and 3 scores.
Ohio State and Texas remain in the mix for the 4-star dual-threat prospect. After a slower-than-desired start to the season, Tisdale said things are coming together for him.
“I feel like my confidence is high,” Tisdale said after the game. “If my team is strong, I’m strong.”
Brenton Cox earns weekly honor
Speaking of Ohio State commitments, Brenton Cox — the 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge (Ga.) — earned a weekly honor for his 5-tackle, 1-sack performance against McDonough (Ga.) Ola.
Touchdown Club of Atlanta banquet pic.twitter.com/dASPuWX5ww
— Collin Foster (@Collin__foster) September 18, 2017
Cox was named the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s defensive lineman of the week.
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