Before the start of the football season, VR2 will be doing a series of transfer profiles on the 10 most notable transfers to come and play football on Rocky Top this fall, and there’s no better way to kick it off than by. with arguably the most prolific transfer Flights have added this offseason to Texas transfer LB Juwan Mitchell.
So who is Juwan Mitchell?
Juwan Mitchell is originally from Newark, New Jersey. Mitchell played ball at Mater Dei High School in New Jersey, where he was coached by former NFL defensive lineman Dino Mangiero. During his time there, Mitchell shone, especially as a senior. The 6’1 “, 230-pound linebacker racked up 87 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. All of these stats led Mitchell to win Third Team All-Shore Conference and Second Team. All-Zone Honors. Mitchell also helped lead Mater Dei’s defense to an unbeaten 12-0 record, the league title and the non-public NJSIAA Group 2 Championship, all in his final year, according to texassports.com.
Mitchell didn’t become a Longhorn straight out of high school, as Butler Community College was his home in first grade. As a Grizzly, Mitchell was an all-conference linebacker, led all of Butler’s other freshmen, and earned No.6 on the 247Sports JUCO inside linebacker rankings.
After transferring from Butler to Texas in his sophomore, Mitchell was able to get his feet wet with D1 opponents, playing 11 games and registering 39 tackles in the process.
It wasn’t until 2020 that Mitchell showed what he’s capable of. As a junior, the Newark native led the Longhorns in tackles with 62, registering at least five tackles in six of nine games. Mitchell was a leader in the defense of Texas, and he will look to build his impressive 2020 season in his first season as Volleyball this fall.
How will Mitchell fit into Tennessee?
The short answer is: good.
It wasn’t nice to see main tackle Henry To’o To’o, third main tackle Quavaris Crouch and Deandre Johnson all leave in the offseason. This depleted the linebacker squad, making Mitchell’s addition HUGE for Tim Banks‘ defense. There is little debate that Mitchell’s former three-star will be Tennessee’s top tackle and one of the leaders in defense. Mitchell will more than likely serve as a weak full-back linebacker (WILL), while veteran Tennessee Jeremy Banks, Tyler Baron, Roman Harrison and newcomers William Mohan, Aaron Willis and Byron Young will compete for playing time at other linebackers. .
What impact will Mitchell have on the Tennessee defense?
Juwan Mitchell will be one of, if not the main, leader of Tennessee’s defense in the 2021 season. Mitchell’s size allows him to move around the field with ease and he’s not afraid to throw hard tackles. His abilities as a passing defenseman are what makes him even more valuable, and his experience in Texas should see him return to the Tennessee defense quickly, leading to production early and often this fall.
The talent is there, and the opportunity is there, which is a recipe for Mitchell to be very successful in his first year as a Vol.
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