Recruiting: Cowboys Get Safety Commitment

Joe Mitchell of Katy (Morton Ranch), Texas, had always planned to graduate from high school early and enroll in college, and now the 6-3 1/2, 215-pound quarterback/safety knows where that school will be. "Oklahoma State sent me an offer in the mail and today I gave them a solid verbal commitment," said Mitchell.

"This weekend I had a real long talk with my dad and then I met some people that had gone to Oklahoma State and they told me that they loved it, that the campus was great, and they have a really good engineering school," Mitchell continued.

"They also have a good football tradition and they are having a great season. I plan on leaving with a diploma in hand."

Mitchell said Oklahoma State recruited him as a safety even though he had more than 1,000 yards both rushing and passing this season for Morton Ranch. He has been an instrumental part of the building of the program in Katy that has had to compete with heavyweights like Katy and Cinco Ranch High Schools.

"We were 0-10 and 1-9 the last two seasons and this year had a breakout season going 6-4," said Mitchell. "We just missed the playoffs (this season) when we lost the last game of the season."

Mitchell also had 20 touchdowns this season on offense and on defense he had two interceptions. His defensive numbers in 2007 as a junior were very impressive with 63 total tackles and four interceptions.

He also told me that the number on the internet for his size have changed. He is 6-3 1/2, but now weighs in at 215 pounds. He runs a 4.56 in the forty with a 38-inch vertical jump and he has maximums of 285 pounds on the bench press and 450 pounds on the squat.

He is also an outstanding student that plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. "My work ethic in the classroom is as strong as it is in the weight room," said Mitchell.

Mitchell also ran track in high school last season and was recruited by Baylor (known offer), Texas A&M, Missouri, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Florida, and Utah.

Again, a huge bonus for Oklahoma State is that Mitchell will be on campus in the spring for offseason workouts and spring football. Mitchell was recruited to OSU by associate head coach Joe DeForest.

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