The University of Georgia was already a leading importer of defensive line talent from the state of Tennessee. The latest decision from 3-star DT Tymon Mitchell will take that to another level.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Mitchell tweeted out his commitment to also play for Tray Scott and the Bulldogs. He rates as the nation’s No. 24 DT prospect for this cycle per the 247Sports composite.
— Tymon Mitchell (@Tmitch1567) August 16, 2018
Ironically, that now gives the Bulldogs three commitments from the top 25 prospects in the state of Tennessee this year. The in-state Volunteers have only garnered pledges from two members of the state’s top 25 players so far this cycle.
Scott has also picked up a commitment from three of the state’s top 6 defensive line prospects for 2019.
The senior from Franklin Road Academy in Nashville will stand out at UGA as an outstanding student.
Check out his retelling of what Kirby Smart told him about his worth to the Bulldogs.
It was more than just the fact he’ll need a 16 or 17 in a cleat if he chose UGA.
Mitchell scored a 25 on his ACT and carries a 3.6 grade-point average in the classroom.
“He just tells me that (UGA) needs more guys like me,” Mitchell said. “He said I am a different kind of guy.”
Smart made sure to drive home the point that his test score really impressed him.
“He just told me that ‘You are a defensive lineman and you have a 25 on your ACT’ and he said ‘That doesn’t exist’ in college football all that much,” Mitchell said. “He said that I was a completely different profile guy for them and that I still played great football. That was kind of his biggest thing. He just said that Georgia needs more guys like me in their locker room.”
He becomes the 19th commitment for the Bulldogs in the class of 2019. With this decision, Georgia expands its lead on Alabama on the 247Sports Team composite rankings for the top class along this cycle.
The need to know on Tymon Mitchell
It is also worth noting in regard to that trend that the Bulldogs signed 5-star OT Cade Mays last year in their top-ranked class. Mays was the top prospect in the state of Tennessee a year ago.
Mitchell chose the Bulldogs from a top 3 which also included Virginia and Vanderbilt. His father attended Vanderbilt.
Scott and the Bulldogs have been recruiting him consistently since last Christmas break. That was when the Bulldogs won the SEC title and were preparing to face Oklahoma in The Rose Bowl.
Georgia stood out to Mitchell as a program that offers a great education and plays great football. He intrigues the Bulldogs because he will be a great student and locker room presence who will also play great football.
There are some nice parallels to consider there.
Mitchell has a college football bloodline that will also convey a source of inner strength.
“My great uncle was the first black (football) player at Tennessee,” Mitchell said.
That would be former Volunteer receiver, Lester McClain. Mitchell is aware of what his great uncle had to endure back in his day.
“Tennessee originally wanted his roommate to come but his roommate didn’t want to come by himself,” Mithcell said. “He wanted to bring his best friend with him. That was my uncle. He was pretty good and they signed him, too. But then the guy Tennessee originally wanted ended up quitting. He didn’t like it and my and uncle ended up starting and had a good career there.”
Scott proved to be a big factor in this decision.
“That’s just a genuine guy,” Mitchell said. “The way he acts around all the recruits is the exact same way he acts in the meeting room and on the practice field at Georgia in front of all the players. He’s a cool guy. I love that. There are not a lot of different faces to coach Scott. What you see is always what you will always get with coach Scott. He’s never any different than the man I first met.”