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67 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Witt Mitchum

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In which BracketCat counts down the 67th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Witt Mitchum.

#67 Reid Najvar
Incoming true freshman offensive lineman Witt Mitchum will inherit No. 67 from departed transfer Shane Cherry and, prior to him, graduated senior Reid Najvar (67).
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

#67 Witt Mitchum

True Freshman | 6-7 | 265 lbs. | McKenzie, Tennessee
Witt Mitchum
Witt Mitchum
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Witt Mitchum (b. November 19, 2001) is a “mean” offensive lineman from McKenzie High School who signed with K-State in the Class of 2020.

Mitchum played football for the Rebels under head coach Wade Comer and earned All-Region 7-2A honors as a senior. He also played basketball.

Mitchum chose K-State over offers from Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Kansas, Liberty, Middle Tennessee, Murray State, Rice and Tennessee-Martin, as well as interest from Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

His primary recruiters were his position coach, Conor Riley, and his offensive coordinator, Courtney Messingham.

Mitchum is the first player from Tennessee to sign with K-State since Will Martin in 2000.

Said head coach Chris Klieman about this under-the-radar pickup:

“Witt was a tremendous defensive player on film, but we saw with his length the ability to bend and to be a really good athlete in space. We’re projecting, and that is something our staff has done a good job of, especially Coach Riley has done that a bunch at NDSU, guys that we think are long, good athletes that can run, and we feel that with Witt. He is a physical kid. We’re going to plug him in at tackle, he has enough length and height. He needs to gain weight and do his other things, but we are excited about his athleticism.”