He hasn't even been in the state.
Not the likely scenario for the Huskers when it comes to getting someone this early, especially when that recruit has close to 20 offers, including Arizona, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU and Virginia.
The last time we talked to him he said he was sure about two official visits he would take, Nebraska being one of them and Arkansas, located in his home state, being the other.
Last night he pulled the trigger for the Huskers and the dynamic 6-0, 175 lbs. defensive player talked about what. "I sat down with my parents, and we thought it would be a good fit. They just have good people there," he said.
The relationships Mitchel has built with his primary recruiter, running backs coach Tim Beck, along with head coach Bo Pelini and secondary coach Marvin Sanders, was the tipping point for him. "They are just good people. They are people you can trust, and I know they have a good program there," he said.
You have to think that without visiting Nebraska even once before his decision, there might be some concern about his decision. There was certainly no small amount of surprise from coach Beck when Mitchel called him to let him know. "Yeah, he was surprised. But he was excited to have me," he said. "He just asked me to sleep on it. But I didn't really need to sleep on it. I knew where I wanted to go."
Mitchel joins eight others of this class, including Jamal Turner, a player who Mitchel knows well and says approaches the game like he does. "He's smooth. He's a great player, but he don't talk out there. He just does his business, a lot like me," Mitchel said.
As to the inevitable question and the obviousness that schools simply don't stop recruiting kids after they pull the trigger, Mitchel said that they can recruit him if they want. But it won't do them a lot of good. "If they call or whatever, I'll just tell them where I am going. Nebraska is where I want to be," he said. "I'm a hundred percent solid. Recruiting is done for me. I am going to Nebraska."