The intrigue of National Signing Day always surrounds those blue-chip recruits who sit behind a table with hats lined up neatly.
But the story of players such as Aledo linebacker Jordan Mittie are the more intriguing ones.
The son of TCU women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie, Jordan grew up around collegiate athletics and the recruitment process.
So how did his dad influence his career?
“He just taught me how to be a leader and how to go about things like getting early to practice and being a leader on and off the field with my teammates and all that,” Jordan Mittie said.
Mittie (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) started in two state championship games, and was named the Defensive Player of the Game in Aledo’s 4A Division II 38-10 state title victory over Brenham.
In his senior season, he recorded 149 tackles (82 solo, 67 assists) and five sacks. He also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and broke up three passes.
Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said Mittie’s pedigree and experience is part of what made Mittie the best middle linebacker to play for him in his 31 years of coaching.
It has earned Mittie the right to select where he will play college ball, right now between Air Force and Navy.
However, Mittie said some other schools have picked up steam in their talks, especially SMU. The Mustangs told Mittie they might offer.
Mittie said that wouldn’t change his decision but would make him re-evaluate.
It’s been a fun process for Jeff Mittie, who experiences the other side of recruiting daily.
“He’s been around it, so we’ve talked about the process,” Jeff Mittie said. “Of course the football process is different than the basketball process, but we’ve just tried, in our discussions about recruiting, to say to just let the process play out. Start with academics and then go to the football things and make sure it’s a fit all the way around.”
Through his father, Mittie has a connection with the TCU football program, but the Horned Frogs have told him they would just offer him a walk-on spot because he could go to TCU for free due to his father’s employment.
Mittie said he would rather attend a school that has given him a true offer.
“He’s going to fit in wherever he goes,” Buchanan said. “He’s such a good football player and he’s an unbelievable kid, not just a player but an unbelievable kid too. He’s going to fit wherever he goes.”