Webb School of Knoxville middle linebacker Brant Mitchell received an unexpected call Saturday afternoon.
And the news turned out to be good news.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound sophomore was riding home from the University of Tennessee football program’s Family Day when he found out that he had been offered a scholarship to play for the Vols.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” said Mitchell.
Nevertheless, Mitchell had received his first offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision program.
“I was so shocked and amazed,” said Mitchell. “I was jumping off the walls.
“It feels amazing. I give God all the credit.”
Even though Tennessee’s recruiting momentum has spiked in the last week and Webb junior Todd Kelly Jr. committed to Tennessee last weekend, Mitchell didn’t commit right away.
He wants to explore and learn more about this recruiting process. After all, he hasn’t even completed his sophomore school year.
“I still have a long way to go, and Tennessee is a good school,” said Mitchell. “But I do want to keep my options open.
“I am just a sophomore. I have a lot of work to put in it. We’ll see where it goes from here.”
Mitchell helped Webb win the 2012 Division II-A state championship.
He rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on four carries, and he won the game’s defensive MVP award for making 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
Mitchell said he wants to get to the ball quicker on defense and improve on his 4.7 speed.
Mitchell also tipped his cap to Kelly, whose high-profile recruitment likely helped Mitchell gain exposure.
But the Tennessee offer doesn’t have Mitchell satisfied.
“It’s going to make me want to work harder, to see how far I can go.” said Mitchell. “I think it can be a great motivator.
“I don’t think it will make me slack off a bit.”