Some former Texas soccer players who registered their names on the NCAA transfer portal in the past two months found new homes on the afternoon of May 3. programs around the college football landscape this week.
Former Texas junior linebacker and three-star transfer rookie from JUCO, Juwan Mitchell, blew his talents elsewhere on the portal on May 3. Mitchell announced on his Twitter timeline on May 3 that he would be transferred to join the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC East.
Although Mitchell put his name on the portal last offseason, just to end up landing on the Forty Acres, the same couldn’t be said this time around. Mitchell transferred to Tennessee, to join first-year head coach Josh Heupel and a talented team of Vols.
It was the second former Longhorns linebacker who put his name in the transfer portal and found his next landing spot. The other top former Texas linebacker to appear on the portal at this point in the offseason is former top rookie and junior Ayodele Adeoye.
And the only other Texas linebacker who has found a home off the portal this offseason other than Mitchell is second Byron Vaughns, who transferred to the Utah State Aggies.
Former Texas soccer player Juwan Mitchell joins Tennessee
What the Vols take in Mitchell is an experienced and proven linebacker who can have an immediate impact on their defense. He was set to be the main tackle to return for the Longhorns this year if he hadn’t put his name in the portal.
Last season, Mitchell recorded 62 combined tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, no sacks, one pass breakage and one fumble recovered in nine games played. And that now gives the 6-1, 230-pound Mitchell just under 100 career combined tackles, eight loss tackles, three sacks, five pass breakages, no forced fumbles and one recovered fumble.
Tennessee itself had a lot of attrition. The Vols and Longhorns have both introduced new coaching regimes this offseason, which might explain why Mitchell put his name on the portal in the first place.
Texas finished last season with a 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) record under former head coach Tom Herman. Returning on Jan. 2, Texas replaced Herman with former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next head coach.