A Texas Longhorns broad receiver room that actually may benefit from an injection of expertise bought precisely that on Friday evening, with latest Georgia Bulldogs transfer Adonai Mitchell becoming a member of head coach Steve Sarkisian’s program.
The information comes simply two days after Mitchell entered the transfer portal on Wednesday, and he was reportedly on campus on Thursday. So, after all, issues moved particularly shortly between him and the Horns, a reasonably spectacular final result contemplating Texas does not at the moment have a large receivers coach.
In any case, when that rent is in the end made — presumably within the coming days — Texas’ newest receivers coach will take management of a room that returns Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington, ideally a wholesome Isaiah Neyor, a wholesome crop of younger expertise, and now , Mitchell.
Mitchell went to Fort Bend Ridge Point earlier than transferring to Antioch (Tenn.) Cane Ridge as a junior and ultimately signing with Georgia over 19 different presents, together with Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Tennessee, Texas, as a consensus four-star prospect ranked because the No. 383 prospects nationally and the No. 63 broad receiver, in accordance to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
After touchdown at Georgia, as a real freshman Mitchell appeared in all 15 video games for the Dawgs, beginning in 12, ending with 29 catches for 426 yards (14.7 avg.) and 4 touchdowns. Notably, Mitchell contributed through the nationwide championship run with two catches for 34 yards with an 18-yard landing catch towards Michigan and two catches for 50 yards with a go-ahead 40-yard landing catch towards Alabama.
In 2022, Mitchell suffered a excessive ankle sprain in September and was out till the College Football Playoffs began, as soon as once more contributing in essential moments with the game-winning, 10-yard landing reception to beat Ohio State and a 22-yard landing catch towards TCU.
Although Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian does not sometimes want tall broad receivers, Mitchell is uncommon as a result of though he is listed at 6’4, he is not a big-bodied possession receiver — as an alternative, Mitchell has fast toes and an understanding of how to reap the benefits of his change-of-direction potential to win one-on-one matchups towards defensive backs.
With 38 profession receptions, there’s nonetheless not a big pattern dimension with Mitchell, however he has proven sturdy arms and the flexibility to make contested catches as well as to rising to massive moments.
Burnt Orange Nation’s Daniel Seahorn additional detailed what Texas is getting with Mitchell:
Mitchell is a giant, athletic vertical risk at 6’4, 190 kilos and he confirmed early on in Athens that he could be a headache to cowl down the sector. Mitchell missed a lot of the 2022 season due to a excessive ankle sprain, however similar to he did as a freshman he confirmed up within the playoffs.
Despite being a much bigger receiver, Mitchell has proven that he can get out and in of his breaks like a smaller receiver and has proven that he can put excessive finish defensive expertise in a blender together with his route operating potential.
Mitchell’s dimension and motion potential jogs my memory of what Texas was getting in New York final 12 months prior to the damage in camp and the plus facet with Mitchell is that he already has some manufacturing on the Power 5 stage as an underclassmen. Mitchell gives Texas with dimension on the skin that has the flexibility to play “above the rim” and shows the flexibility to make changes whereas monitoring the ball down the sector. He additionally reveals good arms and reveals that he can catch the ball away from his physique and doesn’t have to depend on physique catching.
Mitchell gives a superb complement to Worthy and Whittington heading into 2023 within the Longhorn receiving room, and if Neyor is ready to get wholesome that offers you one other proficient massive physique receiver for Quinn Ewers to make the most of.
Texas wanted to add one other receiver or two this offseason in my e-book and after being very affected person that landed among the finest ones to hit the market this offseason thus far.