The entire football recruiting process has shifted earlier and earlier, so it’s becoming commonplace for a high school freshman to receive a scholarship offer. Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Teradja Mitchell, a freshman, scored his first major scholarship offer in January and has received several others since.
“I’m kind of shocked. It’s a true blessing from God,” Mitchell said. “[The scholarship offers] came out of the blue. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Virginia Tech was the first school to offer. Clemson, East Carolina, Florida State and South Carolina are now on board as well.
“The first school to offer was Virginia Tech. My coach called me and told me they offered. I was shocked,” Mitchell said.
“Bud Foster talked about the linebacker spots they have and how I could fit in. The linebacker they have at my spot now would be gone when I get there.”
Don’t be surprised if Mitchell lands another FBS offer today, when he visits the University of Virginia.
“I’m actually going to visit UVa [today]. My cousin, Eli Harold, played there,” said Mitchell, who has received strong interest from the Cavaliers so far.
Commenting on both the in-state Cavaliers and Hokies, Mitchell said: “They produce very good players. A lot of players from the Coastal Conference go to those schools.”
It’s too early to name favorites, but Mitchell did admit that there is a school he roots for.
“I’m a big fan of LSU,” Mitchell said. “I love the coach, Les Miles.”
Mitchell has three years to go before he will sign a letter of intent with his school of choice, so there obviously is a long time to go in his recruitment. The main focus of the 6’2″, 205-pound prospect is to improve and help the Marlins rise to the top of a tough Coastal Conference.
The 2014 season was Mitchell’s first playing linebacker. He adjusted well, but he looks forward to improving.
“It was hard at first, but as the season went on I got the hang of it,” said Mitchell, a MaxPreps Freshman All-American in 2014. “I feel I did okay. I like to compete. I could’ve done better. I could have watched more film. The main thing right now is to get stronger and faster.”