Three-star defensive end Jordan Mitchell has announced his pledge to Maryland football.
“It was great,” Mitchell told Testudo Times about his visit to College Park. “I loved the atmosphere. I love what Maryland has to offer ... just a great college campus feel. I liked the spring game and seeing my position in action.”
The 6’3, 230-pound weak-side defensive end from Tyrone, GA, is very long and is a force coming off of the edge. Though he doesn’t have blazing speed, Mitchell uses his hands well to shake or power through offensive linemen and is able to close down on quarterbacks.
Mitchell had other notable offers from Air Force, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Yale. ACC programs Louisville and Pittsburgh seemed to have the most communication with Mitchell, but he decided to join the Big Ten instead.
Business will be the major of choice for Mitchell, who highly values the benefits that the University of Maryland brings to the classroom. “[The staff] wants you to stay on top of your grades and stuff,” Mitchell said. “I like that. It seems like they’ll do anything to help you because they know it’s hard mentally to stay on top of what you’re doing.”
New defensive line coach Delbert Cowsette led the recruiting efforts and offered Mitchell on April 6, and the Terrapins were able to close the deal during a visit to College Park for the spring game. Maryland also offered Mitchell’s Sandy Creek teammate, three-star defensive end Justin Beadles, but he was not able to make a visit alongside Mitchell.
“I went up there and I just loved it,” Mitchell said when asked why this was the right time to pledge his commitment. “If you love something, why not commit to it?”
Mitchell gained a three-star (0.8333) rating on the 247Sports Composite after his commitment. Along with the addition of Ruben Hyppolite II, Maryland’s class of 2020 has six commitments and now ranks 33rd in the nation and eighth in the Big Ten.