On signing day a week ago, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic 2018 five-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell announced his top 11 schools in a Twitter post.
Mitchell named Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Penn State, Southern Cal and Florida State as the schools he has narrowed his list of over 30 offers down to, in no order.
“It’s a slight relief,” Mitchell said of cutting down his recruitment in a recent interview with The Clemson Insider. “Still have some researching and visiting to do of course. Just blessed and humbled to be in this position, still enjoying the process.”
Clemson offered Mitchell in January 2015 when he was a freshman, and he visited for the first time last July. Along with the campus and family feel of the program, defensive coordinator Brent Venables made a strong impression on him.
Venables and Mitchell have stayed in touch, and the two are building a good relationship.
“I’ve been in contact with coach Venables over the past few weeks,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell believes his talents could shine under the coaching of Venables, and said that’s why Clemson stands out as one of his top schools.
“With coach Venables being one of the best defensive coordinators/linebacker coaches in the country I feel like they give a great opportunity for me to be fully developed and become a hopeful first-round pick,” he said.
Another trip to Clemson is on the docket for him.
“Planning it now,” Mitchell said. “Should be very soon.”
Mitchell said he doesn’t currently have a timetable for a commitment.
“Not sure when that will be,” he said. “Just enjoying the process and taking my time.”
Up next for him is a visit to Alabama next week.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a consensus top-100 prospect in the 2018 class. He is a top-15 prospect by ESPN and Scout, with both services rating him as the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker.