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Nation's No. 2 Middle Linebacker Teradja Mitchell Commits to Ohio State
By Ben van Ooyen
Teradja Mitchell is No. 12 for the Buckeyes in 2018.
Photo courtesy 247Sports

Teradja Mitchell is a Buckeye.

The predictions had gone back and forth between Ohio State and Florida State over the last few weeks, but the Buckeyes won out when Teradja committed to OSU Friday evening. He announced the news in a ceremony at his school.

Mitchell (Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School / Virginia Beach, Virginia) had recently been trending away from Ohio State and was assumed to be a Florida State lean. Ultimately, the Buckeyes' success at linebacker proved to be too much to ignore. He picked Ohio State over offers from Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and over 25 others.

Mitchell (6-2 243) is ranked as a composite 4-star inside linebacker via 247Sports. He becomes the second linebacker the Buckeyes have landed, joining Toledo prospect Dallas Gant so far in the 2018 class. After missing out on 5-star Palaie Gaoteote earlier in the year, the Buckeyes turned their focus to Mitchell, and you see the results. With the Seminoles being the presumed leader for so long during his recruitment, don’t expect them to stop their recruiting efforts where he is concerned.

With the addition of Mitchell at linebacker, the Buckeyes could turn their attention to in-state players such as Cincinnati’s Christopher Oats or West Chester’s Xavier Peters. They will also look at adding Michael Harris out of Georgia, who has said in the past that he would commit to Ohio State when he got his academics in order.

Mitchell becomes the 12th member of Ohio State's 2018 recruiting class, which now ranks No. 2 in the 247Sports team rankings. Mitchell is ranked as the No. 38 overall player in the 2018 composite and becomes Ohio State’s sixth-highest ranked recruit. The Buckeyes now have commitments from seven players ranked in the top 75 of the composite rankings.

You can check out Mitchell’s junior highlights below.

We will have more on the commitment this weekend.

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