Virginia Tech added another commitment to their Class of 2018 on Friday, as tight end James Mitchell announced his decision to commit to the Hokies.
Mitchell is a 6-foot-4, 218-pound recruit from Union High School in Big Stone Gap, Va., which is just a few hours to the southwest of Blacksburg. Mitchell holds scholarship offers from Clemson, Louisville, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others, but picked Virginia Tech over Duke and Georgia. In total, Mitchell holds 12 Power 5 offers.
Virginia Tech has recruited Mitchell to play a similar role to former tight end Bucky Hodges, who was used almost exclusively as a wide receiver in his last two seasons. Mitchell gives Virginia Tech three pass catchers in the Class of 2018, all of whom are 6-foot-2 or taller.
The Hokies now hold commitments from 23 scholarship players for the Class of 2018. Mitchell is the fifth in-state commitment for Virginia Tech, as Mitchell joins Keshon Artis, Armani Chatman, Cole Beck and Luke Tenuta. The early signing period begins on Dec. 20, and Virginia Tech will have a firm idea of their class after that 72-hour period. However, recruits like Dax Hollifield are expected to make their commitments after the early signing period.