Note: Russian Hokie took a ton of great photos at Sunday’s camp, but I walked out of my house and left the cards on my desk at home when I came into the office this morning. I’ll try to get those photos processed later in the week for use in later articles.
Hokies extend several new offers
After Sunday’s camp, Virginia Tech extended at least four new scholarship offers to 2016 and 2017 recruits. For more information, read this post by Chris Horne on the recruiting board.
Of the guys on that list, I think the guy to keep an eye on is Oscar Smith quarterback Shon Mitchell. It’s not easy for a freshman to start at quarterback, but Mitchell did it. Not only did he start, but he put up big numbers and led Oscar Smith to the state championship game. He threw for over 2,400 yards and 36 touchdowns last season in Rich Morgan’s offense, and he’ll only get better.
Here’s a link to Mitchell’s highlight video. There are several things that stand out to me…
1: Arm strength. Even though he’s only 5-11, 170 at this stage, Mitchell can certainly throw the deep ball, and his short and medium range passes have good velocity as well. His arm strength will also improve as he gets older.
2: Accuracy. Several times on that video, you’ll see Mitchell place the ball between two defenders where only his receivers can catch it.
3: Maturity. Rich Morgan runs a pretty complex offense at Oscar Smith, and for a freshman to handle it like Mitchell did is very impressive. He also has very good grades.
So Mitchell has a good arm, he’s accurate, and he’s smart…the three attributes that all successful quarterbacks need to possess. I also like him because he is used to playing out of the shotgun and taking snaps from under center. He’ll be a very well-rounded quarterback by the time he gets to college.
Don’t look for Mitchell’s recruitment to end anytime soon. Tech is his first offer, but I think he’s going to be at least a high-level 4-star player, perhaps even a 5-star recruit. He is going to get a ton of offers, and Signing Day 2017 is a long way off. Still, it’s good to see the Hokies get in early.
Also, Alex Faniel (2017) has a great frame. He worked out with the...
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