Texas Tech added their fourth commitment of the 2018 class, a fourth wide receiver, on Thursday as Butler Community College sophomore Myron Mitchell pulled the trigger. Mitchell was offered after an in-person evaluation by wide receivers coach Emmett Jones on Wednesday.
"Coach Jones had been looking at me for a couple months. He came and watched me whenever the rules let him, at our scrimmage Wednesday night. He liked the way I pushed off the ball and he said that my skillset is perfect for Texas Tech's offense. He said to give him a call when I was free. I called him, and he gave me a full scholarship. He called my mom and we'll be setting up an official visit soon."
What made the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver pull the trigger?
"Just the offense, how they spread the ball and air it out. He sent me a link showing how they attempt to throw the ball 64 times a game, and how they threw it 80 times against Oklahoma. I've always loved Texas Tech since Michael Crabtree played, and then when Jakeem Grant played, so they were always in my favorites. Once they offered, it was like a dream come true."
Does Mitchell compare himself to any other Texas Tech receivers?
"Not necessarily model my game after him, but Michael Crabtree, I use some of his moves from time to time to get open off the line [of scrimmage]."
Texas Tech landed two of Mitchell's former teammates at Butler in linebacker Tony Jones and cornerback Octavious Morgan. Both defenders helped recruit Mitchell to Tech.
"We still communicate often. Tony had actually told me a couple months ago that coach Jones had an eye on me, that he wanted to come up there. He gave him my number, got in contact, and when coach Jones came up here I had actually talked to Tony that morning. Every time they had a spring game, I texted him good luck. We stay in contact."
Texas Tech has lost 2017 signee Bronson Boyd and soon-to-be senior Ian Sadler, and will lose five more scholarship receivers (including three starters) after this fall. Mitchell hopes to play early when he arrives at Texas Tech.
"I have a redshirt season left and two years left to play after this season. Once I graduate from here in December, I'm looking to play right away at Tech [in 2018]."
What are Mitchell's thoughts on his future position coach, Emmett Jones?
"I just like how he is. He kept it straight up with me. He told me what it is and what it's not. He told me that he'd like to transition the offense, and he told me that I would be that guy on the offense when I get there."
It's fairly unusual to take a junior college prospect this early, but coach Jones went the best player available route in Mitchell.
"Yeah, he had been looking at a lot of JUCO receivers, and he said once he came up here and saw me play, he knew he automatically wanted me. He told me he kind of wrapped it up looking for JUCOs because he knew I was the guy he wanted."
How does Butler's offense compare to Texas Tech's?
"We do. We can get it there through the air, but we have a pretty good running back. When the running game isn't working, we can air it out, but most of the time it's pretty balanced."
Mitchell has not yet shut down his recruitment, but confirms he is verbally committed to the Red Raiders.
"I'm still open to hearing from other programs, to just be humble and listen to the opportunities I'm blessed with, but as of right now, I like Texas Tech a lot and I'm committed."
The junior college wideout had a message for Red Raider fans as the interview ended:
"I appreciate the opportunity, and I look forward to coming down there to meet all the people and the fans."
Mitchell committed to Texas Tech over interest from Purdue, Nebraska, Memphis, Bowling Green, and Kansas State, among others.