Georgia Tech beat out Tennessee for a football recruit in their own backyard.
Brant Mitchell, a 3-star linebacker from Knoxville, Tenn., said he committed to Georgia Tech over Mississippi State on Saturday.
“Georgia Tech offered me the best combination of academics and athletics that I could find,” Mitchell told the AJC on Sunday. “So that’s the real reason why I choose to play my next four years there.”
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit from the Knoxville area, along with speedster Nathan Cottrell. Cottrell didn’t have a Tennessee offer, but Mitchell confirmed that he did — and it’s rare for the Volunteers to miss on hometown talent.
“It’s kind of odd I go to school in Knoxville and I didn’t choose Tennessee,” Mitchell said. “But I felt like Georgia Tech was the place I needed to be. So that’s where I picked.”
Maybe Mitchell wanted to get away from home to experience some other things? “It was something like that … but it was just combination of things. I grew up a Tennessee fan. How could you not if you grew up in this area? Anyways, I just thought Georgia Tech was the better choice.”
Mitchell said Stanford and Ole Miss were the other schools he was seriously considering, even though he didn’t have offers from them yet. He committed to Georgia Tech after making an unofficial visit this weekend.
“It was just the right time to do it,” he said. “Throughout the process, it has been hard. But I just felt like I had the most peace about Georgia Tech. So I just pulled the trigger.”
Mitchell is projected to play middle linebacker at Georgia Tech, and was recruited by Yellow Jackets assistant Mike Sewak.
Mitchell is commit No. 14 for Georgia Tech’s 2015 class.