UGA recruiting: Big Tennessee DT Tymon Mitchell will be in Athens this week
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tymon (Tie-Mon) Mitchell is not just another name to know when it comes to D-line recruiting in 2019.
The Tennessee 3-star recruit is a serious consideration for the Bulldogs for a stack of reasons. Some of them will now show up on his player profile pages.
Looking for a little detail about the nation’s No. 24 DT (247Sports composite) this year?
- Mitchell’s top 3 includes Georgia, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
- He feels the Bulldogs are recruiting him as hard as any of those programs. He’s been hearing from UGA almost daily going back to Christmas break of last year.
- The 6-foot-3, 315-pound prospect tells DawgNation he will be at the UGA “reveal” event this weekend. The Bulldogs will show off their new locker room and recruiting room additions that are part of the approximate $65 million west end zone project.
- He aims to be a nose tackle on Saturdays but feels like he can move up and down the line in a 3-4 front. He does want to play in a 3-4 base defense.
- Georgia DL commit Bill Norton has aimed to convince two more Tennessee natives to join him on the defensive front at UGA. Zion Logue was the first. Mitchell could be the second.
- The official visit plan is fluid at this time. But he knows he will give officials to Georgia, Vanderbilt, Virginia. Tennessee will also likely get one. Cal and Lousiville are also in the mix.
Bullet points are a fast way to convey information. But nothing really beats a good story to convey a point.
Mitchell was kind enough to share the gist of one of his most impactful conversations with UGA head coach Kirby Smart.
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.”
Smart was one of two coaches that Mitchell quickly named as he discussed the coaches that have really made an impression on him form UGA.
A lot to like about Tymon Mitchell off the field
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.”
He plays the popular game “Fortnite” but it doesn’t rule his summer existence outside the field and weight room.
“I’d give myself a high 2-star (rating) at Fortnite,” Mitchell said.
The highly-intelligent senior at small Franklin Road Academy in Nashville is thinking about a business or engineering major in college. That is not settled, though. He also knows that he will not be able to enroll early.
Catch him on the practice field. He will be one of the loudest guys on the Franklin Road Academy team. He will also go both ways for FRA. Mitchell will also play left tackle for his Panthers.
What are his other options?
Education will be crucial to his college future. His father also went to school at Vanderbilt. How does Mitchell feel about his other top options?
Virginia: “World class education. Automatic. But then all my top options run the same 3-4 defense. They are all the same. Virginia is a fit because I know that’s possibly early playing time for sure and it is still a great education. That was my big thing.”
Vanderbilt: “That is pretty much the same thing. All the same great things that are offered to me by Virginia but it is also close to home, too.”
Mitchell said he loves the coaching staff at Virginia, too. That would be defensive line coach Vic So’oto and head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
“I love all the coaches up there,” Mitchell said. “That’s probably the one place I have been that really says and that really also feels like they are a real big family. That’s the first place I have been where it is genuine like that. They have the most kids in college football. Every coach has like 3-4 kids. Then they don’t do anything on Sundays.”
“A lot of those guys came from BYU so that is part of their religion but they really believe everyone needs a day to be with their families and to rest and recover and all that after their games.”
He also felt the “energy” at Vanderbilt was off the charts.
“The energy at Vanderbilt is crazy,” Mitchell said. “Kids from Nashville never really look at it like seriously but my Dad went there. So he made sure that I looked at it. I do love coach (Derek) Mason and all those guys. Coach (C.J.) Ah You. I’ll go to practices and go to games. I love those guys. You can just sit in a meeting room with those guys and just get pumped up and ready to play.”
What was his biggest draw other than the quality of education? Mitchell says that will be the quality of relationships he can build with his potential future coaches.
How does Tymon Mitchell feel about UGA?
Ask Tymon Mitchell about UGA. He says he already really liked the Bulldogs before they “blew up” during the 2017 season.
“Georgia really started recruiting me really hard over Christmas break last year and it has just been constant ever since,” he said.
He will quickly bring up defensive line coach Tray Scott. Mitchell said he hears from him every day.
“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.”
Scott’s background helps with Mitchell.
“He came from North Carolina and they didn’t always get to take the best guys but they would end up with a shot at the best scholars,” Mitchell said. “So that was his biggest thing he had to learn. He had to be genuine and real with everyone with a lot of guys who would notice if he was trying to be anything else.”
“He recruits my mind and not just the way I play the defensive line.”
Mitchell said that is a recruiting priority for the Bulldogs going forward. His following statement might be one of the biggest nuggets of information that will shape the UGA recruiting board in the years to come.
There is a lot of talent in the cupboard. If possible, Georgia will be targeting a specific student-athlete going forward.
“That’s what the Georgia coaches tell me about their biggest thing this year,” Mitchell said. “Last year they would take anybody with under a 20 on their ACT. This year they are starting to recruit a different profile kid. The new thing I hear from them now is that everyone has to fit the mold of being a real student in the classroom with what they are doing now.”
How early could he make his decision?
“I will probably be early next month,” Mitchell said. “At first, I had no clue. If you asked me that same question a week-and-a-half ago I would have probably been like ‘no clue’ but I have just been able to sit on it, think about it and pray on it and you see where you are at now with your family with how ready you are to make your college decision.”
Could Mitchell make his choice today? Yes, he can. If Mitchell had to make his commitment known last week, he could have done that, too.
“I already know where I want to go,” Mitchell said. “I just haven’t put it out there yet. … I’m just not a huge in the spotlight kind of guy with all that, though. That’s just not my thing.”
There are prospects out there who play the game because they are good at it. Or because it is a vehicle to a better life for themselves and their families.
Mitchell is one of those guys who really love to play. He can be found wearing his game socks to school on Fridays. He’s just that into playing football.
He said that education will be the most important factor in his decision. His high interest in Vanderbilt and Virginia clearly validates that.
Which school does he feel has the best program among his options?
“Georgia right now,” he said. “For sure. Especially coming off the national championship game.”
Mitchell visited UGA in early April and returned to camp for another up-close visit. As stated above, he does plan to be at the reveal event this weekend. It will be his third visit.
Had a great time a UGA this weekend! 🐶 pic.twitter.com/P20YCS5eeI
— Tymon Mitchell (@Tmitch1567) April 2, 2018
He’s at the point now where the only thing he still needs to know about the program is to figure out how he fits in with the other players on the team. He still needed to get to know those guys.
But he sounds well-versed on UGA. He knows about the quality and size of the offensive line he will be facing every day in practice.
“I had to ask myself how much I really liked Georgia at first,” Mitchell said. “I know if I go to Georgia that I am not playing right away for sure. But Georgia is losing eight defensive linemen over the next two years. I know that five of them will be defensive tackles. So I look at that.”
Mitchell was also encouraged when Scott told him that guys that go three deep on the depth chart at UGA still project to have triple-digit snaps by the end of the upcoming season.
“You will be practicing against some of the best players in the country every day,” Mitchell said. “That’s another one of the biggest things that I like about Georgia, too.”
The other DL on Georgia’s mind this week
It makes sense to drop a reminder here about the big news from Sunday evening. Travon Walker, the 5-star DT, has decided to make his college decision known on Tuesday night.
That will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m. from Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston. His ceremony will be broadcast live on Fox5 television and will also be streamed by DawgNation on its Facebook page, among many other outlets.
This will be a big opportunity for the Class of 2019 for Georgia.
It could potentially give the Bulldogs their fourth prospect with the 5-star rating in the 2019 class.
It could also potentially also be a hit or a miss on the biggest remaining single uncommitted prospect for UGA in this class.
But it will also add to the perception of Tray Scott’s ability to pull in elite DL talent from the state of Georgia.
Walker ranks as the nation’s No. 2 DT prospect on the 247Sports composite for 2019. He also sits as the nation’s No. 24 overall prospect for 2019.
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina are the contenders here.
Where will he visit this weekend? It seems like Walker decided to answer that question by moving up his timetable considerably over the last few weeks. He told DawgNation at The Opening earlier this month that he could go to mid-season before he had his decision.
It appears he’s found clarity about his future college home since his time in Texas.
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