Britt Mitchell, OL, 6'7, 305, 5.2 ROSCOE, TEXAS:
Many times when you are a great player in a small town you can go unnoticed, but in the world of college football, but if you are good enough the bi- time programs are eventually going to find you. And when you are as big as Britt Mitchell, you are hard to miss.
Mitchell is a two-year starter on a team that has gone 10-2 the last two years for a Roscoe team that has been one of the top teams in Class A in the state of Texas. Mitchell was dominant enough to earn an early scholarship offer from Texas A&M, and at that time he committed to the Aggies. But that was until he checked out Norman last weekend for the Sooners' junior day.
"I was committed to A&M and then I started to get recruited by OU," said Mitchell. "When OU started to recruit me, I started to get second thoughts because OU is such a powerhouse in college football. I told my coach (Wes Williams) that I wanted to go to Junior Day and check them out, and he said that I should check other people out. So I went to OU and I liked everything about it. I liked the stadium, the atmosphere, facilities and especially the coaches. Most of all, I like the way that OU wins so when they offered me I talked to my mom for about three hours and we decided that I wanted to be a Sooner. I committed that night."
Programs put on Junior Days so that top recruits can get to know the coaches and players of that particular school and tour the facilities. In this case, Mitchell hit it off so well with the Sooner coaches that he knew before he left Norman that he wanted to play his college football at OU.
"The coaching staff was awesome," said Mitchell. "I got along with Coach (James) Patton and the rest of the staff so well. They are just a great group of guys and the type of coaches that I want to play for. Then I also loved the campus and the stadium."
Players are getting into the recruiting game so much earlier in this day and age, and coming from a small town Mitchell admitted that he got caught up in taking the first offer that came his way.
"I am coming from a an (Class) A school, I didn't really think I was going to get any more offers," said Mitchell. "So I was very excited when OU offered me."
Mitchell has played right tackle his first two years at Roscoe, but he is switching to left tackle for this season. Mitchell finished with 51 pancakes on the season despite missing four games with a concussion when he broke his helmet with a pancake block to an opponent. Mitchell can bench 380 pounds and he was named first-team all-state last season. He will get his knee scoped in the next couple of weeks, which will set him back for two weeks, but it is a very minor surgery.
The OU players also do a great job recruiting for their program and Mitchell admits he already feels like he is part of the Sooner program.
"I got along with everybody," said Mitchell. "I was talking to Phil (Loadholt), Big Duke (Robinson), Cory (Brandon) and Trent Williams and they were all saying that I had a chance to get into rotation early when I got there because I am so big. They were asking me how strong I was and I was telling them and I just got along with everybody. I can't wait to get up there at OU because I am graduating in December. I am taking my senior classes right now and it looks like I can graduate early. That is what I hope happens."
Mitchell was offered by OU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and Arizona, and he says OU will be the only school he talks to and visits at this point.
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