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Hokies Get OL From New Jersey

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:15pm

Virginia Tech picked up its 13th commitment of the 2014 class with offensive guard Billy Ray Mitchell. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman out of Paramus (N.J.) High verbally committed to Frank Beamer and the Hokies over offers from N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Ole Miss and several other schools.

“I just like everything about (Virginia) Tech,” Mitchell told HokieHaven.com. “The facilities were great, the people were great, coaches were great. I’ve got a couple of people from New Jersey that will probably be going there. I just like the way everything is over there.”

It appears Mitchell wasn’t quite familiar with the formal name of Virginia Tech.

But he eventually got it right. We’ll cut the guy some slack.

Scout.com has the three-star prospect ranked as the No. 48 offensive guard in the country. Meanwhile, Rivals.com has not ranked him, but does consider him a three-star.

Mitchell brings to Blacksburg some versatility on the offensive line because he could eventually move to center. New Jersey has now produced two Hokie commits with Mitchell and fellow offensive lineman Tyrell Smith. Both of them join Eric Gallo as the three offensive line commitments from the 2014 class thus far.