Sooners Pull in Texas Sleeper

The Sooners' hot streak continues as they have added yet another valuable member to the 2008 recruiting class when Houston safety Herman Mitchell pulled the trigger on a verbal commitment.

When the 2008 recruiting season got underway many Houston football fans were talking about the talent of Westfield tight end Jonathan Gimm, but not many people knew about their talented safety prospect Herman Mitchell, a 6-foot-0, 200-pound safety/linebacker. That did not last long, because when his tape began to circulate he started adding major offers at an alarming rate. caught up with Westfield Head Coach Corby Meekins to get his thoughts on what the Sooners' added with their latest commitment.

"Herman was trying to get a hold of the coaches at OU yesterday so he could commit," the coach began. "He is a guy who is very explosive. He plays fast and he has that knockout mentality. He is also a very smart kid."

The coach talked about his star player's meteoric rise, and why he thinks Mitchell went from zero scholarship offers to over ten in a matter of weeks.

"To star with Herman did not play as a sophomore," Coach Meekins explained. "Last season was his first season to play varsity ball, because he was always playing basketball.

"He went through off season and gained about 10 pounds. When the coaches saw him and then saw his highlight video they all realized that this is a kid that they should be recruiting."

So will it be linebacker or safety for the talented Mitchell on the next level?

‘I think it really depends on how much weight he puts on," Coach Meekins said. "He can no doubt play linebacker at 205-210 pounds. He fits in real well at that hybrid spot."

"He plays a lot like Danny McCray at LSU. He (McCray) bulked up and is playing free safety at about 210 pounds. Either way there is no doubt that Mitchell will come up and absolutely knock you out of the phone booth. He is a dangerous hitter."

As a junior, Mitchell collected 121 tackles, four sacks, 15 quarterback pressures, returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown, and forced three fumbles on his way to earning First Team All-District honors.

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