Texas prep star Mitchell had verbally committed to OU

8/25/2007 - Oklahoma Sooners

HOUSTON -- A Houston-area high school football standout who
had orally committed to play at the University of Oklahoma next
year was shot to death at an apartment complex in Harris County on

Police arrested a 19-year-old Louisiana man and charged him with

Herman Mitchell, 17, died at Ben Taub General Hospital of
multiple wounds, said Lt. John Martin of the Harris County
Sheriff's Office.

The 6-0, 200-pound senior linebacker for Westfield High School
had accepted a scholarship offer to play for Oklahoma.

Witnesses reported Mitchell and another teen were fighting in
the parking lot before the shooting, Martin said.

"Evidently, they separated and one came back a short time later
with a rifle and fired multiple times," Martin told the Houston
Chronicle in online editions.

Emile "Rusty" Lewis was taken into custody after the shooting.
He was being held in a Harris County jail.

Mitchell was a first-team all-district selection for the
Mustangs, who were 13-1 last season and Class 5A Division I Region
II semifinalists. With more than 110 tackles last season, he was
the team's top returning tackler.

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops was "stunned" by the
news of Mitchell's death, school spokesman Kenny Mossman told the

Mitchell's teammates were on a bus en route to a scrimmage when
they heard Mitchell had been shot. Soon after, they learned he had
died. The scrimmage was canceled.

"Everybody was in shock," said friend Brodrick Brown, a senior
defensive back. "First we heard he was shot and he was on the way
to the hospital. Then, 15 minutes later we got news and everybody
burst out in tears."

Mitchell was to be a member of the Houston Chronicle's preseason
first-team All-Greater Houston football squad.