VT Impresses Mitchell; Ole Miss Visit Next

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Barring a change of heart, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell  appears likely to choose between two schools:  Mississippi and Virginia Tech.  Mitchell, a rising senior, visited Blacksburg last weekend and is en route to Oxford (MS) for a Friday visit to Ole Miss, his father’s alma mater.

“When I went to Virginia Tech, I just had that gut feeling that it was a place I could see myself at,” Mitchell said.  “If I have that [at Ole Miss], things could be tough.”

Mitchell has not definitively been offered a scholarship by the Rebels, though one seems very likely to come on Friday.  Virginia Tech has offered.  Georgia Tech and N.C. State are among the others that have offered as well, and those two schools are “also in the mix” according to the 6’4″, 270-pound prospect.

Mitchell would like to make a commitment by the end of June.  A decision could come soon, but probably not as early as this weekend.

“I can tell you one thing; I’m not going to commit at Ole Miss,” Mitchell said.  “At Virginia Tech, I almost committed on the spot.  I had to take a step back because this is a big decision.  This is where I’ll be for the next four or five years.”

No question, Virginia Tech impressed the standout lineman last weekend.  Frank Beamer in particular made a big-time impression.

“One thing that really stuck out was Coach Beamer and just getting to meet him,” Mitchell recalled.  “He was all about that the university would like to have me, the great academics, Hokie pride and things like that.  We didn’t even talk football for the first 10 minutes.  I appreciate that.  He seemed almost like a father figure.”

Mitchell expects to be impressed with Ole Miss as well.

“From what I know about it, what Coach [Hugh] Freeze has done so far and what my dad has told me, I’m probably going to like it,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s father played football collegiately at Ole Miss before moving on to a professional career that included a stint with the New York Giants.  Asked if the fact that his father played for Ole Miss would influence his decision, the younger Mitchell said:  “My father would like me to go there, but he has been phenomenal