Fritts Is Shooting Up Recruiting Lists

Mitchell Fritts is a name that is starting to spread through the recruiting ranks. While Gyasi Akem of Broken Arrow is generaly regarded as the top linebacker prospect in Oklahoma, Fritts is turning heads, and he is gradually filling up his weekends with Junior Day visits. On Jan. 26, the Lawton MacArthur High School senior-to-be joined Akem in Stillwater for Oklahoma State's first Junior Day.

While at Oklahoma State, Fritts was able to speak with head coach Mike Gundy, defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Glenn Spencer, and in a strange twist of events he also spent time with two coaches in Joe Bob Clements and Jason Ray that had started to recruit Fritts for their previous schools. Clements was recruiting him for Kansas State and Ray for Wyoming before both became new additions to the Oklahoma State staff.

Recently, Fritts wrote me a note and explained that when he was invited up last season to the Oklahoma State game with Kansas State by Clements he really wanted to meet Gundy.

"When Kansas State brought me in for a (unofficial) visit this year, I almost got to meet Coach Gundy," wrote Fritts. "I was standing at the 50-yard line with Coach Bill Snyder from KSU.

"They were showing me around the field during the pre-game warm-ups. Coach Snyder was talking to me when Coach Gundy and another OSU coach came up to shake hands with him before the game. I wanted to say hello to Coach Gundy right then, but I thought it would be rude to speak to the opposing coach since KSU invited me up to the game.

"I was so excited I barely got to take a picture while on the field with them. I included a photo of when I walked off the field as the other OSU coach came to meet Coach Snyder."

It's easy with some of his statements to tell Oklahoma State is his favorite. He said he and his mother have been longtime OSU fans.

"In 2012, as a sophomore, I got the opportunity to play in Boone Pickens Stadium in the 5A state championship game. I was blown away by the facilities at OSU and very impressed by the awesome stadium," wrote Fritts.

"I was so happy to get to drive up to Stillwater with my dad to see all the facilities. A lot of places we've been to have had nice facilities, but OSU has everything including the best coaches. I was happy to know that Coach Joe Bob Clements and Coach Jason Ray are there now also, I like them both. I can't imagine any place being better than OSU."

While Fritts favors the Cowboys, he is open minded and last week returned Kansas State for a Junior Day. This weekend he will head to North Texas as assistant coach Nick Quartaro has invited him to Denton, Texas for a Junior Day.

He has been to Tulsa several times and has plans to go back, and Fritts also will visit TCU and Missouri during spring football. He told us he will be back at OSU for a spring practice. Missouri invited Fritts and his parents to the Black and Gold spring game. Nebraska and Texas Tech are also showing interest.

What is all the excitement about?

Fritts is a power packed 6-0, 215-pound linebacker with eight percent body fat. He has a legit electronic 4.62 time in the forty. He can bench press 315 pounds, a 475-pound max on the squat, and can clean 300 pounds.

He has a 28-inch vertical and was a top performer as the Linebacker MVP in the National Underclassmen Combine in Norman, Okla. He has been invited to the NUC upcoming Five-Star Camp and the NUC All-World Game in South Carolina.

Fritts has a 3.3 grade point average and a 20 on the ACT.

Last season as a junior, he posted 91 tackles with three interceptions, four fumbles caused, and three fumbles recovered. He also played receiver in a jumbo package on offense. His sophomore season he had 24 tackles with a sack. He also had a touchdown reception.

On tape he is a missile to the football. The young man plays with a fanaticism not often seen.

"I want to be the best player in high school and college football," wrote Fritts. "I am willing to work harder than anyone to do it."

It's hard to question his enthusiam, and as for his ability, a lot of schools are really starting to appreciate it.

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