Quarterback Commit Has All the Tools

Landstown High School's T. J. Mitchell was being touted as "the next Donovan McNabb" by Syracuse, but he will instead be bringing his talents to West Virginia next fall.

"T. J. has a really strong arm, and he can make all the throws," head coach Chris Beatty told BlueGoldNews.com. "The 18-yard comeback, the out, Chris can throw them all.

"He's also mobile, but his strength is in his passing game. He's a legitimate 6-3, so he can see over the line, and he runs the spread offense similar to West Virginia."

Mitchell's passing statistics are unquestioned. He's racked up 3272 passing yards, placing him third all-time in Virginia, and still has games remaining in the playoffs. He has completed 54% of his passes, and has fired 40 touchdown passes this season to lead Landstown to the postseason.

Mitchell has already earned all-district, all-region and all-Tidewater honors, and figures to earn more awards once the season ends.

"He's as good a thrower as there is," Beatty said. "He's mobile and avoids the rush well, but he throws the ball even better. Syracuse and UConn have been recruiting him hard, but he cancelled those visits once he committed to West Virginia. He's solid with West Virginia."

Beatty has long standing ties with WVU quarterbacks coach Bill Stewart, who handled Mitchell's recruiting.

"I've known Coach Stewart since he was the head coach at VMI. He has a good relationship with Chris, and was honest and upfront during the recruiting process. Bill is a great guy, and he made it easy for Chris to commit."

Making the fit between Mitchell and WVU even better is the fact that T.J. ran a spread offense very similar to the Mountaineers', right down to the "check with me" package at the line of scrimmage.

"Everything we do is at the line," Beatty explained. "We run the no huddle, and we give T. J. the freedom to make his own decisions. He's a very smart player, and we give him free rein on the field."

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