During a big recruiting weekend, Pitt landed commitments from a handful of 2022 prospects and made a late addition to its 2021 class. The 2022 prospects included Camden Brown, Ja'Kavion Nonar, Che Nwabuko and Marquan Pope, and the late 2021 addition was Cole Mitchell, a two-way star out of Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland.
Mitchell is a 6’5”, 240-pound athlete who played as a tight end, defensive end and punter at Linganore. By the end of his high school career, he was best known for his defensive contributions and was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Frederick News-Post. Mitchell earned the honor this spring after he racked up 47 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five pass breakups in five games.
In addition, Mitchell earned a spot on Team Maryland in the Big 33 game, and he chose Pitt over Albany, Elon and Towson. With that said, he is unrated by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals and planned to play a post-grad season at IMG Academy. But after a solid performance at a Pitt camp this month, he earned an offer and accepted during a visit this weekend.
As a 2021 recruit, Mitchell will join the team this year and be available to play this fall. At Pitt, Mitchell is likely to play tight end, as the position group is in need of depth behind Lucas Krull. But given Mitchell’s versatility, it would not be surprising to see him compete for reps at defensive end at some point either.