Texas lands commitment from JUCO ILB Juwan Mitchell

Once again, the Longhorns have landed a potential plug-and-play defensive prospect out of Butler C.C.

For the second time in as many cycles, the Texas Longhorns have plucked a top-ranked prospect out of Butler C.C. (Kan.), as physical inside linebacker Juwan Mitchell announced his commitment to Tom Herman’s program on Monday.

Mitchell’s pledge comes in the aftermath of a weekend official visit to the Forty Acres, which marked his second official tour since adding his Texas offer on May 2. Prior to his trip to Austin, the former Minnesota commit officially visited Arkansas on May , and shortly thereafter, reopened his recruitment, decommitting from the Gophers on May 7.

To that end, Mitchell’s recruitment should have long been completed.

Last November, following a two-day unofficial trip to Rutgers, Mitchell announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knights on Nov. 19, and put pen to paper exactly one month later during the Early Signing Period. However, reportedly unable to meet a specific academic requirement without paying for the course of of pocket, Mitchell elected to return to Butler C.C. for the spring semester, which put him on pace to become a June graduate, and ultimately, a much-better-late-than-never addition to Texas’ 2019 class, whom his current linebackers coach exuded high praise for.

“Juwan is a very instinctual player. He is able to diagnose plays very quickly just based on his instincts,” Butler C.C. linebackers coach Kyle Woodall told 247Sports’ Ryan Burns. “He’s very athletic and is one of the more physical players that we have.”

“Juwan is very naturally gifted. He has great speed, athletic ability, and understands the game,” Woodall later added. “He loves the physical side of the game and has been a great asset to our defense. I think Juwan is just starting to tap into his potential and is only going to improve. With his natural ability, and being in a college weight room for a winter now, the sky is the limit for him.”

During his debut season with Butler C.C. which saw him share a defense with Texas 2019 signee and former top-ranked strong-side defensive end Jacoby Jones, Mitchell amassed 55 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Butler will have fours years to play three at Texas, and the Longhorns will likely need the 6’1, 235-pound prospect to contribute is some fashion as soon as the 2019 season opener, as Mitchell will be welcomed into a linebacker room that’s severely lacking depth and experience.

Source: Burnt Orange Nation