SAN ANTONIO -- Growing up in Florida, linebacker Mike Mitchell became a fan of then-head coach Urban Meyer.
Saturday afternoon in front of a national television audience on NBC, Mitchell announced his intentions to join Meyer as an Ohio State Buckeye.
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The Buckeyes have held an edge for the Rivals100 standout since the summer months, but other schools were in the mix.
Texas A&M and Oregon also were finalists for the linebacker's services, and Oklahoma is another program that made a valiant effort. However, in the end Mitchell could not turn away from the Buckeyes.
As a senior, Mitchell recorded more than 170 tackles and was a menacing presence in the middle of the Plano (Texas) Prestonwood defense.
Mitchell also was a key contributor as a short yardage back on offense as well as a return man on special teams.
Mitchell began his high school days as a sophomore linebacker at Plano Prestonwood Christian before transferring to Plano West as a junior.
He earned all-area honors for his play at defensive end before transferring back to Prestonwood Christian for his senior season.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Mitchell is the Buckeyes' 21st commitment of the 2013 recruiting class and the sixth Rivals100 commitment.
He is ranked No. 3 in the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 and is one of two Ohio State commitments from Texas.
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