Recruiting Updates: Mitchum, Estopinan

Members of network tracked down Pennsylvania OL Kyle Mitchum and Florida LB Javier Estopinan for updates Sunday. Here's what these two prospects had to say.

Members of the staff of were able to secure updates with a couple of the key prospects Ohio State is continuing to track. SuperPrep's Allen Wallace tracked down Pennsylvania offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum, while TIR's Jamie Newberg got an update with Florida linebacker Javier Estopinan.

Here are updates on these two key prospects:

* Offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum of Erie (Pa.) McDowell has narrowed his choices to three, but says he does not have a leader.

Kyle favors West Virginia, Ohio St and Iowa and all have offered. Kyle has over 30 offers. He just returned from visiting West Virginia on 1/16 and his host was OL Dan Mozes.

"Everything was great. I enjoyed myself. It's a really nice campus. It's a nice small campus and it's a college town," said Mitchum.

Kyle already visited Ohio St on 12/12 and Iowa on 10/24. "All three really stand out. I couldn't decide right now. I get along well with all the coaches.

"It's gonna be tough. I'm gonna listen to my gut and hopefully make the right choice. There's not much difference between these three. West Virginia is a smaller campus than Ohio St, but I like the tradition at Ohio St a lot and they are a top team every year.

"And I like Coach Ferentz at Iowa a lot because a great coach and a good all-around person."

Mitchum, ranked as the nation's No. 7 offensive lineman and No. 54 player overall by, says he'd like to make his decision by the end of the month. He holds a 2.7 and scored an 880 on the SAT.

* For now, linebacker Javier Estopinan (6-3, 230, 4.66) has narrowed things down to two schools with a third hanging on. Estopinan, from South Miami High School, visited the Gators this weekend.

"It went well," Estopinan said. "I got lots of attention from the coaches. I loved the facilities. I hung out with a lot of players and lots of the recruits. I spent some time with the defensive coaches.

"Right now, it's Florida or Ohio State. I like the Buckeyes a lot and can see myself playing there. I also felt very comfortable there on my visit. I just want a week to think about things. I would like to announce on Monday the 26th. I am still considering NC State too but UF and Ohio State are my leaders."

Estopinan won a heavyweight state wrestling title last year with a perfect 45-0 record. As a junior, he has 110 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions. This past year, he had 112 stops and 23 tackles-for-loss as an LB. He is rated as the nation's No. 22 LB by

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