Top Target: Kyle Mitchum

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McDowell Senior HS (Erie, PA) is home to one of the most dominant players in the country. Kyle Mitchum , a 6-5, 265 pound offensive tackle/defensive lineman, is one of the most sought-after prospects in the nation.

According to McDowell head coach Jon Cacchione, Mitchum has received anywhere from 40 to 50 written scholarship offers.

“I will just tell you what college coaches tell me about Kyle,” said Cacchione. “He has great explosion off the football. He plays fast and long…he’s relentless. He’s physically tough, aggressive, flexible, and very athletic. Kyle plays low to the ground, which makes him different from the usual high school player. He’s always in attack mode on both sides of the ball.

“A lot of the coaches say they’ve never seen a player who is more ready to play right now on the next level. Kyle can bench press 350 pounds and squat 450 pounds. He weighs 265 right now but could easily be 305 overnight. He is being recruited by some schools as an offensive tackle and by some as a defensive tackle.”

With so many scholarship offers, Cacchione decided to take his star player on many unofficial trips to schools earlier this year. Virginia received one of those visits.

“During the spring and summer, we visited about 20 schools,” said Cacchione. “We took a Southern trip, where we went to West Virginia, Virginia, UNC, NC State, and Tennessee. We swung back up to see Ohio State on the way back.

“After seeing Morgantown [West Virginia], we headed down to Charlottesville. We stayed there for 2 1/2 days I think in June or July. We got there on a Thursday and their top prospect day was on a Saturday, so we stayed there and saw anything and everything. He liked it down there. It was a gorgeous place. UVA and UNC easily had the prettiest campuses.”

Coach Danny Rocco is the lead recruiter for the Cavaliers, who like Mitchum as an offensive tackle. He has impressed Mitchum and Cacchione, and is one of the reasons why Virginia has made the cut and is one of the schools in Mitchum’s top ten.

“Coach Rocco has done an excellent job recruiting Kyle,” said Cacchione. “He called me just last week to wish us luck before our first game and to check on Kyle. Kyle really likes him and the rest of the coaches at Virginia. In fact, they are in his top ten along with Miami (FL), Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, Wisconsin, UNC, Boston College, and