Damon Mitchell announced this morning that he is transferring to Rutgers University as a graduate transfer from the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Earlier this month, Damon Mitchell announced he was going to exercise his graduate transfer rights, and leave Arkansas football. It was announced by Arkansas Fight, the SB Nation site for the University of Arkansas. I speculated in this article that Rutgers might be a good fit for the Cedar Creek (Egg Harbor City) High School graduate.
Why would I do that? Three reasons, actually. The are:
- At the time Damon (Duwop) Mitchell chose Arkansas, the Defensive Coordinator for Arkansas was, you guessed it, Chris Ash. So, why wouldn’t Mitchell choose to play again for the coach who originally recruited him for college ball?
- His brother Ahmir Mitchell transferred from Michigan earlier this fall, and would be eligible to play in the 2017 season. Ahmir chose to transfer to Rutgers, and he had stated one of his reasons was to have the opportunity to play close to home. This NJ.com slideshow (consider yourself warned) mentioned that. Wouldn’t Damon feel the same way?
- Finally, my thought was that the two brothers would get an opportunity to play together for one season if he chose Rutgers. Ahmir already confirmed how HE feels about it-
How does Rutgers feel about it? I think it can be summed up in this tweet published this morning.
This is another great find by Chris Ash. While it will not show up in the recruiting rankings on National Signing Day, it is a great find for a player as versatile as Duwop Mitchell. He has been listed as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and punt return specialist while at Arkansas. This type of athlete can only help the program, and there are no down sides to this acquisition.
And of course, it is always good when speculation turns into reality in such a positive way. The article about his possible transfer to Rutgers was an exclusive for On the Banks, and we are very happy that it indeed did come to pass. This story is among the first to announce his transfer as well. Keep On the Banks in your favorites as we learn more about this breaking story.