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Early Signing Period: Juwan Mitchell Signs With Rutgers Football

JUCO linebacker returns home to New Jersey.

Morgan State Bears v Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Mitchell reminds me of Booker (#56) who went to the NFL.
Photo by Jarrett Baker/Getty Images

Juwan Mitchell, a New Jersey native by way most recently of Butler Community College in Kansas verbally committed to Rutgers in November. The JUCO signed Wednesday.

Mitchell played at Mater Dei before moving on to New Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. In his one season at Butler CC, he posted 55 tackles this season. Juwan has good size and has good closing speed when in pursuit of the opposition. Mitchell has four years to play three and is expected to enroll at Rutgers for the spring semester.

Position: LB (6’2”, 225 lbs.)

Program: Butler C.C.

Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Most notable other offer: New Mexico (Kentucky and Louisville also showed interest)

Mitchell arrives at Rutgers to a linebacker room that loses three year starters Deonte Roberts and Trevor Morris. With the credit card fraud investigation not fully resolved, the Scarlet Knights are down to just four experienced linebackers so there is room for freshmen to surely compete on special teams and be pressed into duty on defense. If anyone is a difference maker right away, he could start.

Worst case: Isaiah Johnson

Most likely: Quintero Frierson

Best case: Marvin Booker

Check out his highlights below:

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