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Anthony Mihota spent five years in Charlottesville, Virginia as a center on the offensive line. During those five years, he went 0-5 against Virginia Tech. Now, Anthony’s brother, Vincent (Vinny) Mihota has committed to Virginia Tech. OK, I know what you’re thinking. I’m just going to pile on UVA here for not offering the brother of a two-year starter on the offensive line. I could do that or I could just thank them for doing whatever it is they did that swung Vincent our way.
Mihota is a physically impressive athlete that is currently 6’4” and 240 pounds. As he grows, it will be interesting to see if he stays at DE size or if he becomes more of a defensive tackle or offensive line prospect. He still has two more years of high school left so needless to say, he could easily end up at 280 pounds by the time he turns 18.
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Named to the All-District and All-Region team as a sophomore.
When scouting defensive ends, moreso at the NFL level than high school level, you have to judge whether their better in the 4-3 or the 3-4. Virginia Tech runs a 4-3 defense, which means the defensive ends will be smaller since their ultimate job is to rush the passer. With Mihota’s size, I’m willing to bet he moves inside to tackle at some point down the road.
There are six main attributes you want in a defensive lineman at the collegiate level. The first is an attitude. You want your lineman to have a mean, physical, nasty attitude and demeanor on the field. Just going by his film, Mihota has that. Next is balance. A lineman can’t be clumsy. Mihota seems to know how to stay low and balanced, winning the battle of leverage.
The third trait is shedding blocks and this is an acquired technique over the course of a career. Right now, Mihota relies too much on raw strength to overpower offensive linemen. He needs to work on some finesse moves and refine his game in this area. But, he’s a sophomore so he has plenty of time to do that.
The fourth is speed. For Virginia Tech, our defensive ends have to be 4.5-4.6 40 guys. Jason Worilds, who was one of our better pass rushers, ran a sub 4.5 his junior year. We need guys who can get upfield and beat the offensive tackle’s shoulder. Mihota shows good pursuit in his video but it’s tough to say right now if he can develop into that speed rusher.
Next is movement, which entails burst, explosion, pursuit, and lateral agility. Defensive ends need to have a quick burst off of the line. Mihota shows that early on in his film. He knows how to anticipate the snap. I think this is probably Mihota’s 2nd biggest strength right now behind pure upper body strength. He does need to improve his lateral agility but you can say that about 99-percent of defensive linemen out there.
Lastly, there are instincts. A player needs to know where to go on every play during a game. Obviously, a coach can tell you to do something but it’s up to that player to read, diagnose, and react. Those with better instincts are often better at all three of those actions. If you watch his entire highlight video, Mihota has good instincts. He knows how to diagnose the play and react.
Overall, Mihota is a tremendous pickup for the 2014 class. He’s a high-major prospect with a good overall skill set and the size you want in a defensive lineman. You really can't ask for more than that.
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