Sophomore linebacker Teradja Mitchell is already a hot commodity having landed offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and a host of others.
Notre Dame joined that group last week.
“My head coach texted me and told me and told me to call coach (Mike) Elston,” said Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 228-pounder from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, Va. “Coach Elston reconfirmed it.”
Prior to the offer, Mitchell had limited contact with the Irish. He’s hoping to see that increase in the coming months.
“I haven't had much contact but I was receiving a lot of camp info from the school,” he said. “Now I look to building a relationship with the coach as time passes.”
During his conversation with Elston, Mitchell learned just how interested the Irish are in securing his future services.
“His message to me was that I was a priority and I’m his top guy for 2018, which is a huge honor,” Mitchell said. “It’s a prestigious offer and it’s a true blessing to receive it.”
Notre Dame’s coaching staff hasn’t indicated if it sees Mitchell as an inside or outside guy at the next level.
Mitchell already has visited Florida State and North Carolina in recent weeks and he hopes to see a few more schools in the near future.
“I definitely plan on getting to South Bend along with Ohio State, Florida and Michigan,” he said.
As a sophomore, Mitchell recorded 126 tackles, two sacks, forced six fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown.
He remains open to any school that offers a scholarship.
“I do not have a favorite at this time,” he said. “My recruitment is wide open and I'm just enjoying the process.”
Scout.com ranks Mitchell as a four-star prospect.