The linebacker position is a major concern for Tennessee heading into the 2021 season, but a major transfer commitment has calmed Vol Nation’s fears, at least for now, as volunteers landed a commitment from Texas transfer Juwan Mitchell on Monday. Mitchell led the Longhorns in tackles in the 2020 season with 62 in total in 10 games.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior from Newark, New Jersey, recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback speed and an interruption of a pass for Longhorn last season. It came on the heels of a second-year season in 2019, where he collected 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, three sacks and four pass breakups.
He announced its decision to enter the transfer portal on March 31, shortly after the Longhorns began spring training under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian. Chip Brown of 247Sports reported that at the time of his announcement, Mitchell had some academic issues to work through before the 2021 season.
Mitchell was a three-star prospect and overall prospect No. 158 in the 2018 class. He played his freshman season at Butler (Kansas) Community College, where he received honorable mention All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors in 2018. He had 55 tackles and 7.5 to top the team among novice defenders.
He will join a volunteer program under first-year coach Josh Heupel, who wants to fill a big void left by transfer linebacker Henry To’o To’o (TBD) and Quavaris Crouch (Michigan State) – two of their top three tacklers from 2020 .