Recruiting: Mitchell Commits to Cowboys

Snow Junior College All-American offensive tackle Andrew Mitchell made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Thanksgiving week, and the Chcotaw (Okla.) High School product made an official visit this weekend. The former tight end that has worked himself into a 6-5, 301-pound offensive tackle told us he had his mind made up before he arrived in Stillwater on Friday.

"I had made my mind up on Wednesday (last week) and I called all of the other coaches from the schools recruiting me and let them know," said Mitchell from his family's home in Midwest City where he was waiting for a 5 p.m. flight back to Utah on Sunday afternoon. "I did not tell Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Joe) Wickline though. I didn't tell them until Saturday."

Mitchell, who has been to two junior colleges (Snow and Dixie) along with taking his mission for the Mormon faith, made his parents and family happy as they were anxious for him to play close to home.

"It did make them happy, but at the same time I did what I wanted to," he said. "I was impressed from the first time I was at Oklahoma State and this is the best place for me."

Mitchell is not only a tremendous offensive lineman, but is also a very good student. He said he will continue majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish. He hopes to begin his MBA during his senior season at Oklahoma State and has plans down the line of attending law school. He will enroll in January and be on campus for the spring semester.

He was hosted on his visit by quarterback Brandon Weeden and said he spent some time with Zac Robinson as well. He also was on a visit weekend that included two players from Butler County Community College, the team that defeated Snow 56-27 in the junior college championship game on Dec. 1. The two players, who both committed to Oklahoma State as well, are running back Beau Johnson and cornerback Maurice Gray.

"It was interesting them being there, but they are good sports and I'm a good sport even though that was our first loss this season," said Mitchell. "It's kind of interesting in that I'll be blocking for Johnson. I've seen what he can do first hand and he is impressive. It'll be good to be blocking for him."

Mitchell finishes his final exams at Snow on Thursday of this week and he said he will fax his signing papers for the early junior college signing period in on Dec. 19, and will have a public signing ceremony with his family sometime around Dec. 22 back in Oklahoma.

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