Class of 2021 tight end Cole Mitchell, out of Linganore High School in Maryland, committed to Pitt on Monday and made that commitment official Tuesday by signing with the program. Pitt announced the news Tuesday morning via Twitter.
Welcome, Cole Mitchell ✍️
Pitt adds 6-foot-5, 235-pound TE to the Class of 2021!
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) June 29, 2021
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end was a threat on both sides of the ball in high school, racking up 47 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and seven sacks as an outside linebacker in five games last season. Mitchell was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Frederick News-Post.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi talked about how Mitchell fell through the cracks and ended up with the Panthers.
“Cole had an abbreviated senior year and never had an opportunity to prove who he was as a player,” Narduzzi said of Mitchell. “He was prepared to go to IMG Academy for a postgraduate year. Fortunately, he came to our rising stars camp in June and did an unbelievable job working with the tight ends. He shows great power and explosion on tape and did the same thing at camp when we watched him. A week later, he made an official visit to Pitt and we are excited to add him to our 2021 class.”
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) June 29, 2021
Mitchell is the the 22nd player in Pitt’s recruiting class for 2021 and the third tight end, joining Gavin Bartholomew and Jake Renda.