Southwest Round Up May 30, 2014

Tech picks up a big time LB transfer

Mitchell heads south.

Mitchell heads south.

Former Ohio St. linebacker Mike Mitchell has made it official and will transfer to Texas Tech. Mitchell is a former 5-star recruit. Mitchell is transferring to be closer to home that there is a chance he could be eligible immediately.

Mitchell was offered by Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, Florida St., Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi St., Nebraska, Ohio St., Oklahoma, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington. Partly because he ran a sub 4.5. and in some instances a sub 4.4 forty.

SMU picks up one as well

The Mustangs got a little help with transfer of Rice linebacker Cameron Nwosu.

Nwosu heads north.

Nwosu heads north.

Nwosu sat out the 2013 season while rehabbing from a knee injury, but he made a big impact as a junior for the Owls, setting an NCAA record by blocking three extra points in the first half against UCLA and recording 92 tackles.

He was named honorable mention All Conference-USA.

Since Nwosu completed his undergraduate degree at Rice, he will be eligible immediately for the Ponies.

Big 12 to use 8th official, again

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said positive feedback about the conference's experiment with an eighth football official makes him expect an extra official will be used in every conference game during the upcoming season.

“It was exceedingly positive,” Bowlsby said. “I think it was good in every respect I could name. Our experience was very good.”

The Southeastern Conference and the ACC will use another official this season.

Seems like a stopgap until the robots become our overlords and begin officiating these contests.

Big 12 seeks recruiting revamp

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes now is a good time to look at modernizing parts of the college recruiting model.

The commissioner suggested possibly using Skype or FaceTime for initial recruiting interviews.

Bowlsby also said that maybe it is time to allow recruits more than one paid official visit to a campus, and allow for the expenses to be paid for parents or family members to make visits.

Posted on May 30, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.