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Florida State football, recruiting news: Four-star linebacker target wraps up unofficial visit to Tallahassee

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Virginia Beach Bishop Sullivan four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell wrapped up his unofficial visit to Florida State on Sunday morning, and seemed to come away from the visit still conflicted on his college future.

“I still have some thinking to do,” Mitchell told 247Sports. “Hopefully I will know in the next two or three weeks, but I don't have a date. That could change. I don't have a specific date.”

You may have noticed I said “four-star,” too. That's because the 6-foot-2, 243-pound Mitchell saw his stock drop after he showed up at last weekend's The Opening Charlotte Regional a little heavier than expected and proceeded to run a 5.01-second 40-yard-dash with a vertical jump barely exceeding 30 inches.

Now I'm not the late Raiders owner Al Davis, so I don't get enamored by someone testing extremely well — or, in Mitchell's case, thrown off by a poor performance. Put on the tape and you'll see why he's still widely considered the best inside linebacker in the Class of 2018.

So back to the trip to Tallahassee...

Florida State, surprisingly, did not put the full-court press on Mitchell and his parents this weekend. Most of the team is out of town with school ending last week, so the visit pretty much consisted of touring the facilities, meeting with academic advisers, head coach Jimbo Fisher, area recruiter Odell Haggins and linebackers coach Bill Miller — all things he's done in the past.

I was interested to learn part of the coaches' pitch to Mitchell included a program called LYFE, more or less the Seminoles' version of Real Life Wednesday. It's obvious that resonates with recruits, and any school that doesn't have their own version of it needs to get on it. It is also no longer something unique to just Ohio State.

So, then, if both schools offer the opportunity for Mitchell to major in business and have a plan in place for life after football all while playing for a program that will undoubtedly put him into the NFL, what will be the deciding factor?

If it comes down to coaches, I'm confident Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson can steal another one from the Seminoles. We won't have to wait too much longer to find out, either.


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