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Report: Mitchell eying several schools
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell (right) greets quarterback AJ Derby at the end of the 2013 Red-White Scrimmage at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Brandon Mitchell is looking at five schools he could potentially transfer to for his redshirt senior season, according to an ESPN report Wednesday.
Mitchell, who given a scholarship release from Arkansas earlier this week, is interested in UAB, North Carolina State, South Florida, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State, according to the report. Because he will graduate from the UA this summer, Mitchell will be immediately eligible to play in the fall.
He will visit North Carolina State this weekend, according to ESPN. In an interview with PackPride.com, a Scout-affiliated website, Mitchell said he is also considering Michigan, Kent State and Alabama A&M in addition to the five schools reported by ESPN.
Mitchell said the offense ran by first-year Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren makes North Carolina State an attractive option.
"They've been telling me what they have to offer," Mitchell said. "They said they have a great defense coming back and some young running backs that can really play. They have back a bunch of receivers and running backs returning plus some linemen.
"They are going to have great balance, and with the way they run their offense, I think it fits my abilities and my talents."
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UAB was believed to be a potential target when Mitchell was released Monday. The Blazers are coached by Garrick McGee, Mitchell's quarterbacks coach his first three seasons with the Razorbacks. The quarterback also has ties to Kent State, which is coached by Paul Haynes, Arkansas' defensive coordinator in 2012.
Mitchell opted to transfer after Brandon Allen was named Arkansas' first-team quarterback on the team's post-spring practice depth chart. The Amite, La. native completed 25 of 43 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns in his career as an Arkansas backup quarterback, and also rushed for two touchdowns.
As a receiver last season, Mitchell caught 17 passes for 272 yards, but struggled in conference play. He missed four games late in the season when he was suspended for a violation of team rules.