The new coaching staff at Tennessee decided to hit the transfer market pretty hard after arriving in Knoxville, knowing they could be thin at certain positions. On Monday, they added the leading tackler from the Texas Longhorns, as Juwan Mitchell committed to Tennessee.
We all know the story on the Tennessee linebacker group, they’re lacking depth and playmakers. So coming out of the spring, the staff was looking to grab a potential starter from the transfer portal. In the Vols case, they made a serious push for Texas LB Juwan Mitchell, who was in the portal.
For Texas last season, Juwan Mitchell started 8 of 10 games for the Longhorns, he led the team with 62 tackles. So, it goes without saying what kind of leader he can be for the Vols on defense.
Mitchell, who attended the Vols spring game just last week, announced on twitter his commitment. He was with QB transfer Joe Milton, as they got to hangout inside Neyland Stadium. Afterwards, they spent time with some of the current and former Vols.
“Get ready for the SEC takeover! @VolFootball let’s ride. Can’t wait to ball out in front of 103,000 every Saturday”.
— JuJu (@juwanmitchell_6) May 3, 2021
This is a massive pickup for Tennessee, who can now rely on a veteran Power-5 linebacker with tons of experience. The group was thin in the spring, due to players recovering from injury and a suspension, so adding Mitchell will automatically make this group strong in the 2-deep.
For Josh Heupel and the staff, this is another spot they felt they needed to fill and got the job done, especially with questions still surrounding the program. Look for the transfer to arrive soon to Knoxville and enroll in classes.
Chalk this up as another win for Tennessee in the portal, as the Vols continue adding playmakers to this roster.