Four Teams Making Tight End James Mitchell a Priority

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James Mitchell Virginia Tech recruiting
James Mitchell is one of the best players in the state of Virginia for the Class of 2018. (Photo by Ricky LaBlue)

MATTHEWS, N.C. — The Virginia Tech coaching staff has been open and honest about how they view the talent level in the state of Virginia for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Because of the lack of depth in the class, the Hokies have only seriously targeted a select few in-state kids this year. One of those is tight end James Mitchell.

The Hokies offered Mitchell, a 4-star tight end according to Rivals, early in the process and have been on his radar from the get go. Defensive Line Coach Charley Wiles has been Mitchell’s primary recruiter, and the entire coaching staff has made an impression on Mitchell in his recruitment.

“Honestly, I like the coaching staff and everybody is genuine people down there,” Mitchell said. “I kind of like what they have going on with the new coaching staff.”


Virginia Tech isn’t the only school making Mitchell a priority at this point. Tennessee, Virginia and Duke have all become key players in Mitchell’s recruitment this spring, while Clemson, who seemingly had a great chance at the beginning, has fallen behind.

Mitchell said that coach Larry Scott and coach Walt Wells have been his main points of contact at Tennessee. Mitchell says that the Volunteer coaching staff has made a