Virginia Tech Hokies Add Versatile OL Billy Ray Mitchell

By B.L. Lippert
Jason O. Watson

The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up their 13th commitment for 2014 when Paramus, New Jersey offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell officially committed today.

The 6-foot-4 285 pound Mitchell will probably play guard or center for the Hokies, as he might be slightly undersized to play on the outside at tackle.  He has shown excellent athleticism in high school, displaying quick feet that will benefit him as he moves on to the collegiate level.  He should be a tremendous pass blocker for the Hokies in the future.

Mitchell plays with a low pad level and really gets off the ball well.  His run blocking technique is outstanding for a high school player.  He has a comfortable stance and uses a great base and leverage to move defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage.  Also, his athleticism helps him in the run game as he has shown the ability to get on linebackers at the second level.

Virginia Tech will likely redshirt Mitchell, hoping the additional time will give him the opportunity to get in the weight room to add some mass.  One thing that head coach Frank Beamer and staff won’t have to worry about teaching Mitchell is intensity.  On film it is readily apparent that he plays with a mean streak that offensive line coaches love.  He finishes plays well, often times cleaning the pile downfield.

Mitchell chose the Hokies over offers from several other big name schools.  He said he was considering North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Ole Miss before ending his recruitment today.

B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.


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