Each and every spring, high school basketball players across the country catch the attention of college coaches, which can change their recruitments entirely. This spring one of those players that has seen his recruitment blow up is Dillon Mitchell out of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (FL). He has been playing with E1T1 on the EYBL circuit with a handful of college prospects but he has stood out from the rest.
Recently, he went toe-to-toe against the country’s top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates at Made Hoops Midwest Mania and got the better of Bates. After that event, Mitchell (6-7 180) picked up an offer from Ohio State, and needless to say the Buckeyes have his interest. Matter of fact, he is already looking to visit Columbus this summer.
“Oh for sure, they are definitely a school I want to get up there immediately and go visit for sure,” Mitchell told Buckeye Scoop. “My mom is from Akron, Ohio, so she loves it up there. That’s definitely a school I want to go visit.”
Mitchell may even visit with his AAU teammate and Ohio State commit Bruce Thornton. Nonetheless, you can tell his interest in the Buckeyes is genuine based solely on his reaction to the offer.
“It was definitely really exciting, my mom is from Ohio. I got an aunt and cousins up in Ohio, so it was really exciting,” he said. “And just hearing from a school like that, that’s a big-time school. They have a great winning history over the last four years with Coach [Chris] Holtmann so it was just really exciting. My mom freaked out. We were all just really happy about it, so I was really excited and I’m really proud. It was really good to hear from them.”
Thornton he was one of the first people that Mitchell called after getting offered by Ohio State and the two enjoyed the moment.
“I called Bruce right after,” he said. “Me and him just laughed it up and stuff. We just talked about when he is going up there to visit, it was just real cool. Everything is real cool with him.”
Aside from Ohio State, Mitchell has had no shortage of suitors this spring in his recruitment, and overall it has happened in a short amount of time. It has all been a new experience for him but he is handling it well by keeping it simple.
“Just talking to my mom. I handle it well, back in my freshman year my coaches at E1T1 and my high school coaches always said that this would come because of my versatility and stuff,” he said. “So I was kind of prepared with my mom, reaching out, talking to these coaches. Everyone was telling me this is a stressful process but really I am just enjoying it as much as I can. A lot of kids dream of moments and for me to able to go through it, it is really a blessing. Everything has been good with it. I’m just trying to keep a positive mindset and figure out what’s the best fit for me, the best place for me to go to school, get the best education, and develop on the court.”
Mitchell not only has his coaches and mom to go to, but he also has his AAU teammates to talk about the recruiting process with. And while they don’t discuss it a ton, Mitchell did admit the conversations happen.
“We do talk about it a little bit,” he said. “We’ll talk about colleges and see who some of the other guys are looking at and what they are planning on doing.”
With the family ties to Ohio and having Thornton in his ear, the Buckeyes definitely have a few things going for them. Mitchell even admitted that he liked Ohio State’s play style and sees himself as a fit in Columbus. Regardless, visits will play a big factor in Mitchell’s recruitment so getting him to the Buckeye State in June is imperative.
Mitchell is a 4-star prospect and ranked the No. 130 player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 37 small forward overall.