Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell made it clear long before Ole Miss became involved in his recruitment that Virginia Tech stood at the top of his list.
And even though the Ole Miss legacy didn’t receive an offer from the school during his visit last month, it likely wasn’t going to impact his decision.
So, with the summer beginning and the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Mitchell wanting to end his recruitment, he made the call Tuesday and committed to the Hokies.
“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity. I can’t wait to start recruiting for those guys and get them back to where they were before. I’ve always been a Hokies fan. I’ love Virginia Tech, and the academics are great.
“I want to study business and it’s a great business school. It’s a beautiful camps and in the beatiful town of Blacksburg. It was an easy decision for me. Some people are saying Virginia Tech was playing second fiddle to other schools and that’s not true. They were always my leader.”
Mitchell will head to Virginia Tech to play either guard or center.
“I’m being recruited for an interior lineman,” he said. “I love (offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grinds. He won a national championship out of Auburn. He is a very family-oriented guy, smart guy and knows what he’s doing. He’s a guy that can make me be the best player I can possible be.”
Mitchell spoke with coach Grimes about his decision, and he is happy to have it behind him so he can concentrate on his senior season.
“It feels great,’ Mitchell said. “I didn’t just commit for me, but for my team. We’re pursuing a national championship this year. I want to recruit for this team and make them as good as they can. I want to make them as good as they I can be. I didn’t see a reason to prolong it any more.”