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West Virginia Jumps into 2022 Three-Star DB Miguel Mitchell’s Recruiting Chase



2022 three-star safety Miguel Mitchell de-commited from Vanderbilt on Nov. 3, and he’s already picking up interest from other Power Five programs.

Mitchell (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) committed to Vanderbilt in July, but de-commited earlier this month via a statement on Twitter, and he’s since picked up offers from Northwestern and West Virginia. He’s also received offers from Memphis, Liberty, Louisiana, Southern Miss, Troy, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Army, Georgia State and Jacksonville State.

WVU wasted no time in jumping into Mitchell’s recruiting chase, first reaching out a couple of days after Mitchell’s de-commitment. He’s heard from head coach Neal Brown, special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz and safeties coach Dontae Wright through the early portion of his WVU relationship.

“I was very excited to get the WVU offer,” Mitchell told WV Sports Now. “I was laying in bed and had just received a Northwestern offer a few minutes before, and then coach called with the great news.”

Mitchell said he isn’t too familiar with WVU or the coaching staff yet, but he’s been learning bits and pieces of the program and traditions through the coaching staff over the last week.

With Mitchell planning on signing on Early Signing Day on Dec. 15, he’s planning on narrowing down his commitment over the next month. However, Mitchell said he plans on making a visit to Morgantown.

Despite the hurried nature of Mitchell’s relationship with WVU, and the increased intensity of the recruiting chase now that he’s back on the market, the Mountaineers are an option for him heading forward.

“The recruiting process hasn’t been that crazy since I’ve been committed, but now that I’ve opened things up, there’s been a lot to take in,” Mitchell said. “West Virginia has stood out definitely because they check all the boxes.”

With the Dec. 15 signing day fast approaching, Mitchell has an eye on the future, but he’s still fully invested in Oxford High School’s (in Oxford, Alabama) state championship hunt. The Yellow Jackets completed a 7-4 regular season and enter a first-round matchup against Pinson Valley High School in the AHSAA Class 6-A playoffs.

Mitchell, a versatile defensive back who appears destined to become a collegiate safety, plays wide receiver and defensive back for Oxford and flashes excellent speed and size.

According to 247Sports, Mitchell is the 843rd-ranked recruit in the cycle, checking in as the 63rd-ranked athlete and the 32nd-ranked recruit from Alabama.

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