Damon Mitchell transferring to RU
Dec 31, 2016
By: SOR Staff
New Year's Eve brought a late Christmas gift for Chris Ash and staff with the twitter announcement that WR/RB Damon Mitchell will transfer from Arkansas to Rutgers. Damon is the older brother ot WR Ahmir Mitchell, who transferred from Michigan to Rutgers early in the 2016 season. The older Mitchell will add athleticism and size to the Rutgers wide reciever corp which is in need of more playmakers.
Mitchell was recruitted out of Cedar Creek (NJ) High School by Coach Ash when he was coaching at Arkansas. At that time, Mitchell was a dual-threat quarterback who passed for 2,025 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,027 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a senior, he led Cedar Creek HS to 11 wins and an appearance in the NJSIAA South Group 2 championship game. His efforts were enough to be ranked within the top 20 players in New Jersey.
At Arkansas, Mitchell was switched to wide reciever as a redshirt freshman where he tallied 58 yards on 6 attempts. As a redshirt sophomore, he again switched position but this time to running back where is saw action in all 13 games. He amassed 84 yards on 6 receptions along with 4 rushes for 29 yards. During the 2016 season, he saw action in 10 games and had 18 yards rushing.
As Rutgers looks for playmakers, Mitchell will have the opportunity to immediately compete for playing time in a wide reciever corp which loses Andre Patton and John Tsimis. Mitchell adds size to the unit along with the flexibility to line him up at a variety of positions.
When Mitchell joins the team in August, he will be one of four former Cedar Creek (NJ) HS football players on the Rutgers football team. All four players will be first year players.