Ohio TE makes his move

Hudson (Ohio) Western Reserve Academy tight end Brendan Mitchell is becoming one of the hottest prospects in the Midwest. Scout.com will release the Ohio rankings today and Mitchell moved all the way up to No. 22 in the Buckeye State. Mitchell was extremely impressive during the summer and he is looking forward to a productive senior season.

"Indiana is still my only scholarship offer," Brendan Mitchell said. "Wisconsin is starting to recruit me very hard. They want me to come visit in the fall and coach (Bret) Bielema told (me) that he'll be in touch during the season.

"As far as my favorites go, I like everyone right now. Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) are all high on my list. Purdue is still in there as well."

Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, does not have the gaudy stats of other tight end prospects because Western Reserve is a predominantly running team. Mitchell is a very good athlete that has excellent hands and he has become a very good blocker in his three years of varsity football.

What else does Mitchell have going for him? Character. There is not a high school coach in a 150-mile radius that has not had anything bad to say about Brendan. He is a model student-athlete that his teammates and fellow students look up to.

Mitchell also has the football player genes. His father, Alan Mitchell, played wide receiver for the University of Michigan, opposite Anthony Carter.

Brendan Mitchell is a three-sport, tri-captain, at Western Reserve, also lettering in basketball and track. Mitchell led Western Reserve in receiving. He also was named all-league in hoops after leading the league in rebounding and finishing second in scoring. In track, Mitchell was second in the league in the discus.

Mitchell will start on both sides of the ball in 2005, lining up at tight end and defensive end. He caught 17 passes and scored 3 touchdowns as a junior.

Mitchell carries a 3.2 core grade-point average in the classroom and scored a 1080 on his SAT.

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