My Senior Walk: Ohio State commit Teradja Mitchell trying to find growth in losing

Ohio State 2018 linebacker commit Teradja Mitchell, a 5-star prospect at Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach, Va., has agreed to do a weekly journal of his senior season with the Crusaders. The nation’s second-ranked inside linebacker will join Land of 10 every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

This past weekend I played before one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever played in front of — 15,000 people.

My team and I traveled 11 1/2 by bus to Moultrie, Ga., to take on Colquitt County High School.

We got slaughtered 38-7. Once again we failed to get the ball in the end zone, and defensively we got way too comfortable.

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These past few weeks our defense has been the talk of the town. We’d compiled 11 forced fumbles, 9 interceptions (4 of them being called back) and 1 pick six, and because of that, we went into a Hollywood mode. We played poorly, forgetting our basic principles and fundamentals. We allowed Colquitt County to score five times, all from 20-plus yards. The result was our worst performance this season, by far.

Individually, I had a solid game with 11 tackles and 1 for loss. This game was yet another wake-up call for our team, but this one was the biggest of the season. This was my team’s fourth loss this season, which is the most I’ve ever lost in a regular season in my football career.

This game taught us a life lesson, though. Getting comfortable can ruin you. As humans, we often get comfortable and lackadaisical and leave our faults in the shadows. We put our guard down, and then that’s when life punches you square in the mouth. As a team this is what we asked for; we asked for the tough schedule. We all came to this program to play against the best of the best. The season is not over and we refuse to give up, but we are 2-4 right now.

We plan on letting that loss be our last.

This week we take on Canada Prep Football Academy from Ontario, Canada.

Along with the tough football season, school has also given me a challenge this year. Most people always hear about just the athletic aspect of a student-athlete’s life, but going to one of the harder schools in Virginia — where education is prioritized way more than football — I am put in very challenging situations at times balancing football and academics. I sometimes have to stay up well past midnight just to finish homework or a project. Although it can be very, very inconvenient, because I am not a huge fan of school, I have enough sense to realize that it will make or break my future. I continue to push as hard as I can maintaining over a 3.0 GPA at all times, nothing lower. With this challenging academic curriculum and rigorous football schedule, I feel like I will walk into Ohio State well prepared.

Speaking of Ohio State, this past weekend they absolutely slaughtered Rutgers 56-0. The offense looked crisp and is improving week by week, along with the defense playing light’s out. I honestly feel like this team is well-oiled, and I honestly feel like this team, despite having one loss, is going to be a playoff team.

If the offense keeps improving like they are every week, the future is bright, and there could be another prestigious piece of hardware heading to Columbus.

#GoBucks

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