Posted: 2:13 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Tennessee LB commits to Georgia Tech over Vols, others (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

MLB Brant Mitchell (special)

MLB Brant Mitchell (special)

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.

 

52 comments
fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

This young man is not drinking the NFL cool aide. He clearly sees the value of a real degree in a competitive world. When are kids going to stop being USED by schools who want to shove them in BS degrees for the schools "glory" and the long shot NFL? Its sad and pathetic…

Numenor
Numenor

TN did not have room. they already have LB commits in Cecil Cherry and Austin Smith, and are expected to get Quarte Sapp -- all highly rated LBs. Wish Brandt well at Tech.

DallasJack
DallasJack

Brant has some guns!


“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.”


Stick with it "kid".  Good pick up! 


Glad for Brant and The Yellow Jackets!



ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Kid looks right out of the Keith Brooking/Ron Rogers mold. Hope he plays with the same motor.

Welcome to the Flats Mr. Mitchell. THWRockyTop

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

NovaJacket.......ok, but you must admit, Roof had to evaluate this player, meet him and sign off for the 'D' side of the ball.

NOVAJacket
NOVAJacket

I love Ted but Roof didn't recruit Mitchell. This is Mike Sewak's handwork with a little help from Andy McCollum

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Ted Roof has made his mark on this team.  Don't hear from the negative nellies anymore about him.  I would love to have him on our coaching staff, I'll tell you that.

rome_tiern
rome_tiern

We need to get him a different jersey with cutoff sleeves stat;<)

JacketMan
JacketMan

And just for the record, it's not just per "reports".

Brant Mitchell @bmitch43

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JacketMan
JacketMan

Michael, it's VERY disappointing that you've chosen to disrespect Brant by giving him such a cursory write up when he committed to the Jackets. Based on your recent write up of the UGA commits, it gives the appearance you've been spending your time focussing strictly on them while they hadn't even committed yet, and there have been no updates on Brant, as promised.

I realize that this is a UGA town, and most of your readers are UGA fans, but these kids deserve equal treatment regardless of whether they chose to attend UGA, GA Tech, Alabama, or UAB. Any high school football player who works hard enough to earn an athletic scholarship deserves equal recognition.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Dang, OldJacketFan, I saw you just posted the link. Sorry for the duplicate!

10percenter
10percenter

My cousin is a Webb alum. Solid academics. 


Welcome to the Flats!

whatyagotloran
whatyagotloran

Preseason Butkus award? Thought that was a college lb award???

hpt84
hpt84

Very nice. Congrats and welcome to the family.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Want some cheese with that whine?

NOVAJacket
NOVAJacket

@Quackmeyer  No doubt, but the recruiting coaches do the heavy lifting and just giving credit where it is due, especially since I have been critical of CMS in the past.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@rome_tiern He needs a veterinarian pronto cause those pythons are sick....


Good to see GT land such a physical specimen at LB.  Ted Roof is doing some serious recruiting.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@JacketMan Thanks for the feedback. Now it's my turn. It's VERY disappointing when reporters call a recruit who has committed to Georgia Tech or Georgia, and they don't answer the phone or call you back. Not only me, but also the guy who broke the story at JacketsOnline. When the recruit returns the call, I will post and update the story, as promised. It's VERY disappointing when people make assumptions that are totally wrong.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketMan I would imagine that MC is at uga covering "dwag night" festivities.  I think it is understandable that he hasn't updated as much.  I know that uga dominates the sports page, even in ATL, but let's not crucify MC because of it. 

ChuckAllison
ChuckAllison

@Jack5150 

Yes, Roof is building a very good defense for Tech.  Now, if our offensive coordinator can just build us a good offense we might be a real contender.  Oh, wait a minute!  We don't have an offensive coordinator except for Paul Johnson who gets paid  lot more than Ted Roof.  Defensive stops are better when you can turn the ball over to an offense that makes first downs.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@JacketMan 

LOL! No worries, there is a another one on the list that's on campus this weekend as well ;-)

butchna
butchna

He was a take...last year but that's when his offer was...last year...after Austin Smith chose the Vols over the Dawgs...like the other poster said NO ROOM. He's a good one and so is Cottrell...enjoy but be realistic.

Numenor
Numenor

@JacketMan No whine, just fact. TN can only sign 20-22 recruits this year (signed 32 in 2014), and with 2-3 very solid LB's in the fold already, that was all they could do at that position. Brant is a good player. He grew up a Vol fan, and in another year would have probably signed with TN. But, the numbers got him this year.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@NOVAJacket @Quackmeyer 

I would imagine that whoever did the actual recruiting dropped Ted's name quite a bit.  I think his mere presence on campus is a BIG recruiting tool.....totally contrary to Groh's presence.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Fair enough, Michael, my apologies. However, may I ask why you can't do more than one update? One that would add his Tweet and the fact that he is a Butkis Award finalist as neither of those facts require a personal conversation? In fact, I notice you still haven't mentioned that he's on the Butkis watch list. Just out of curiosity, many UGA LB commits (if they have any) are on the list?

JacketMan
JacketMan

How long does it take to post Brant's tweet, and the fact that he's on the Butkis Award for the top Linebacker in High School Football? Less than one minute if you cut and paste from the comment section, below...

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@AugustaJacket 

Yeah, they got two more 5 star guys for class of 2016 and  apparently being hailed as national champs already.  Haven't seen this movie before.....

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@ChuckAllison @Jack5150 

You may not like the offense, but there is no denying that it works, and it does produce first downs and it does produce yards.  The offense hasn't lost games under Johnson; the defense has, and it looks like that may be changing.  Roof's D definitely showed improvement last year, and with the talent he seems to be drawing in, it will only get better.  All the offense needs is a consistent QB and a power B-back.  But even without those, the offense has still produced.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@inoto, you may want to re-up on the meds dude. Most Walgreens are open 24 hours.

JacketMan
JacketMan

How many of the TN LB commits are on the Butkis watch list as the top High School LB in the Country? Brant is...

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@JacketMan What are you talking about?? I did do more than one update. I added his tweet when I became aware of it last night. Did you not see it? It's STILL there, above the video. As far as Brant being one of dozens of players mentioned on a Butkus Award watch list, we don't really write too much about those things, or Parade All-America, or even when they're picked for Under Armour or Army all-america games. We may, but we don't go out of the way to do it. (We didn't write about it when a Georgia player, Raekwon McMillan, actually won the Butkus last year) There's too much of it, and we feel like we have the best expert with the AJC's Todd Holcomb and his award-winning coverage for high schools (all-state teams, Mr. Georgia football etc)

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@JacketMan  

And there is your problem. Mentioning his individual accomplishment may be a source of pride for his mother but if it doesn't help win game , what does it matter. Football is a team sport. How this guy gets along on the team is what is important.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JacketMan

Are you serious?  Whining about the number of words given to a player? 

Please, grow up!

Adamsran
Adamsran

@BleedingGold @AugustaJacket


Congrats on the pick up.  Jackets are having a solid recruiting year.  Focus on that guys.  Taking a shot at UGA might make you feel better, but these two look like the real deal.  With that said, happy the Jackets picked up a solid player.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  @Jack5150 

We've lost 5 games in the last two years where our offense has scored 30 or more points.  That's an alarming number.  Now I know, there's going to be a couple of games a year where the opposing defense has our offense figured out.  The same thing happens to every other team in the nation (including Baylor and Oregon), but you count on our offense being at least above average.  Imagine a point where we have a defense that ranks among the best in the nation.  A lot more wins.



Numenor
Numenor

again, it is a numbers thing. Brant is a great MLB. TN already has one of the top MLB prospects in the country in C. Cherry committed. You can watch his videos from The Opening all star session in Oregon. Only the elite get invited there. The numbers are simple. TN already had its MLB committed for 2015. No room for another good MLB. Brant may well have a better college career than Cherry. You never know. But TN decided to go with Cherry and could not sign another MLB for 2015. Nothing against Brant at all. He will likely do well.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

It also bears mentioning that 30 points for our offense is a pretty large number, because we don't run plays at the same pace as many other teams. We generally play games at around 10 or 11 possessions per game, not 16 or 17 like some of the up tempo offenses.